Google Drive And Docs Get Android Tablet Updates

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At I/O 2022, Google announced that more than 20 proprietary apps would be optimized for tablets. We’ve already seen a handful of launches since May, and Google Drive, Docs/Sheets/Slides, and Keep are now set to receive updates that improve multitasking on Android tablets.

The first tablet optimization is drag-and-drop “when you have two screens open on your large-screen device.” Google gave three examples, with the Keep feature – which also works on phones – available today:

  • You can now easily drag text or images from apps, such as Chrome or Sheets, and drop that content directly into an existing document or spreadsheet cell.
  • In Google Drive, quickly download files by dragging and dropping them into the app. You can also add links to Drive files by dragging the file into Keep.
  • And in Keep, you can effortlessly insert pictures saved in your Keep Notes in other apps by dragging them out of the image carousel.

Meanwhile, Google Drive will support multiple windows – just like Chrome – and the ability to open them side-by-side:

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Simply select the three-dot menu on any Drive file and press the “Open in New Window” option. This helps you get the information you need without losing your current view or needing to press the back button multiple times.

Google Docs, Slides, and Drive also supports “familiar” keyboard shortcuts when such an accessory is attached to your tablet. This includes select, cut, copy, paste, undo, and restore In terms of availability:

These updates will be rolling out to large Android screens with Google Workspace and personal Google accounts over the next few weeks. And stay tuned for more updates as we continue to add new features for Google apps on larger Android screens.

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