Updates for Google Docs and Drive on Android tablets

Updates for Google Docs and Drive on Android tablets

Tech Highlights:

  • You can now easily drag text or images from apps, such as Chrome or Sheets, and drop that content right into an existing document or spreadsheet cell. In Google Drive, quickly upload 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 images saved in your Keep notes into other apps by dragging them out from the image carousel. Meanwhile, Google Drive will support multiple windows — just like Chrome — and the ability to open them side-by-side:

  • Google revealed that more than 20 first-party apps would be tablet-optimized at I/O 2022. Since May, there have already been a few releases, and now Google Drive, Docs/Sheets/Slides, and Keep will get improvements that enhance multitasking on Android tablets. Drag and drop is the first tablet optimization to use “when you have two open displays on your large-screen device.” With the Keep functionality, which is currently available and functional on phones as well, Google provided three examples:

Simply select the three-dot menu on any Drive file and tap on the “Open in new window” option. This helps you get the information you need without losing your current view or needing to hit the back button multiple times. Google Docs, Slides, and Drive is also getting support for “familiar” keyboard shortcuts when such an accessory is attached to your tablet. This includes select, cut, copy, paste, undo and redo. In terms of availability:

I absolutely wouldn’t trust Android to do any of that reliably.
I like Android, but having spent more than 10 years with G’s first party phones (Neuxs S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 5, Nexus 6P, Pixel XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 6) I can say I don’t trust their software not to crash or mess up when I need it not to, This shoulda been optimized from the beginning. It’s insane that hasn’t. The APIs for creating tablet applications have been there for almost a decade now.

These updates will roll out to Android’s large 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 Android’s larger screens. Google Drive has the best document scanning tool already on your phone: Here’s how to use it. Google Docs adding built-in eSignature system to Workspace Individual Gmail for Android, iOS add convenient ‘Storage used’ indicator

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