At I/O 2022, Google announced that it will update over 20 of its first-party apps for large screens in a show of its commitment to the form factor. This will undoubtedly improve the experience for existing owners and is meant to encourage other developers to do the same. Here’s every Google app on Android that has a tablet update and what’s still to come.
—Google Drive, Docs, Slides
Update 11/18: Google Docs on Android is getting “full mouse support” that matches the website’s cursor experience.
For example, clicking and dragging across text will now select that specific text instead of panning the entire document.
In Drive, drag and drop can now be used to organize your files and folders, with Google noting how this “can be done either in the two-window view or in the single app view.”
Google Slides will support dragging text and images out of the app into others.
Update 11/11: The Google One redesign is finally here with a navigation drawer replacing the awkward bottom bar on tablets that quite considerately cut into content. In portrait orientation, the app uses a navigation rail, but there’s otherwise enough space for the always-showing drawer.
Meanwhile, the Home feed features a new grid of cards for available Storage, Backup status, the Cleanup Tool, and VPN state. The tablet app now matches the Google One website.
Back in September, Google announced a dual pane layout for Keep that lets you simultaneously see your note list and actual contents. However, this side-by-side view requires a rather higher screen dp and we’ve only encountered it on a Chromebook so far. Otherwise, it’s quite nice.
Update 10/22: Improvements to drag-and-drop in Google Sheets lets you drag, copy, and share charts and in-cell images to other apps, like Docs. Google is also rolling out link previews, like on the web, that “allows you to get context from linked content without bouncing between apps and screens.”
Google Home: Based on the upcoming redesign, we see a navigation rail with Favorites, Devices, Automations, Activity, and Settings. The Favorites tab clearly takes advantage of the additional space.
Google Camera: Taking cues from version 8.7 on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, we have app controls housed at the left. This includes a top-left corner settings dropdown and a pill-shaped controller.
Google One: Another look at the app, which looks like the website, and is still not yet live.
Earlier this week, Google made official a Tab Grid for Chrome on Android. There’s also a gesture that lets you swipe across the Omnibox to quickly switch between tabs, and being able to load the desktop version of sites by default. Meanwhile, Tab Groups are coming soon to the large screen devices.
—Google Play Store II
The full Google Play tablet (and foldable) redesign that displays app screenshots, videos, and descriptions directly in the Apps and Games tabs/feeds will be available in 2023. Developers are advised to update their listings ahead of that.
Gboard’s new tablet layout actually takes advantage of the extra screen real estate provided by a large screen. No longer feeling like a stretched-out phone experience, the background sheet and keys get taller by default (in landscape). There are new keys for Tab, Caps Lock, Hide Keyboard, and Left/Right arrow, while others have been moved around. These updates are available with version 12.3 (beta) of Gboard and newer… more
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