Google is updating popular Workspace apps including Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Keep to deliver an improved experience on Android devices with larger screens.
Back in March, Google released the 12L update(Opens in a new window) For Android 12 that focused on making tablets and foldable devices simpler and easier to use. The 12L included a new layout for easier viewing, and a taskbar to help multitaskers launch and switch between multiple apps. Google Workspace apps now catch up with new features(Opens in a new window) 12 liters allowed.
Topping the list of new features is the ability to drag text or images between two Workspace apps when they’re open side-by-side on your device. This will allow to get the information from a Chrome tab and drop it into a spreadsheet spreadsheet, for example. The same system works for dragging and dropping files stored on Google Drive into Keep as links to these files are created automatically.
It is now possible to open two windows on Google Drive side by side, which makes discovering and organizing files much easier to work with. To do this, simply click on the three-dot menu in the Drive file and select “Open in new window” for the second window to appear.
Finally, if you regularly use a large Android device with a keyboard attached, Google is adding support for shortcuts. Google Drive, Docs, and Slides now supports familiar keyboard shortcuts to select, cut, copy, paste, undo and redo, which will speed up many common tasks.
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The new features are rolling out to all large screen Android devices with Google Workspace and personal Google accounts over the next few weeks. So if you haven’t seen them yet, they should show up soon enough.
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