every Google app getting Android tablet UI updates

At I/O 2022, Google introduced that it is going to replace over 20 of its first-celebration apps for massive screens in a current of its dedication to the sort situation. this might undoubtedly enhance the expertise for current house owners and is presupposed to encourage fully different builders to do the identical. right here’s every Google app on Android that has a tablet replace and what’s nonetheless to get back.

Google apps with tablet UIs

  • Reverse chronological order, latest updates on the most interesting

—Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides

replace 9/17: now you will have the power to open a quantity of circumstances of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides (mannequin 1.22.342.08.ninety+) to view them facet-by-facet. nonetheless, getting them to that state is a little bit of a guide course of.

You open the most important doc after which return to the Docs/Sheets/Slides app (using the system Recents multitasking menu) to launch the second. Reopen Recents and drag the most important file to provoke break up-display. It’s not as straightforward as Drive’s “Open in new window” button, which has been renamed to “Open in break up view” (and solely works on folders).

replace eight/three: Google introduced final week that Drive and Docs/Sheets/Slides are getting tablet optimizations. a quantity of the choices have rolled out, collectively with the power to:

  • Drag photos/textual content material from one other app (like Chrome) and drop proper into a doc or spreadsheet cell. simply like Google hold.
  • In Google Drive, you will have the power to add recordsdata by dragging and dropping them in.
  • you will have the power to open two Drive circumstances facet-by-facet by opening a folder’s overflow menu and choosing “Open in new window.”
  • [Not live in our testing] “you’d possibly as effectively add hyperlinks to Drive recordsdata by dragging the file into an open app like hold.”
  • bodily keyboard shortcuts in Drive, Docs, and Slides to choose out, reduce, copy, paste, undo and redo.

—Google Drive and hold widgets

replace 9/thirteen: Google is optimizing widgets for Android tablets by making them greater given the further display exact property obtainable. Drive (with mannequin 2.22.357.1) gives a row of shortcuts to the Drive quick actions widget that creates a mannequin new doc in Docs, Sheets, or Slides. This homescreen object may even be notable for introducing a new round configuration.

in the meantime, the Google hold (5.22.342.03.ninety) observe guidelines widget removes the acceptable sidebar for a pretend backside bar in slim configurations. This matches the Gmail widget and permits you to see extra notes. nonetheless, you will have the power to nonetheless get the previous design by growing the width.

—Google tv

replace eight/28: Google tv was thought of one of many apps slated for a redesign at I/O. A tablet-optimized mannequin is now obtainable, however with out the supplies You stylings proven on-stage. the most important change is a navigation rail with centered tabs that change the underside bar. We’re seeing this new look with mannequin, which is simply not but extensively rolled out, on a Chromebook.

again in might, Google’s slides depicted a a lot wider rail with rectangular indicators noting your current tab. in the meantime, the supplies You iteration appears to revamp the app bar so it’s extra seamless. the prevailing design is a matter inside the Your stuff web content the place prime tabs are used.

—YouTube Music

replace 6/6: The tablet optimization introduced for YouTube Music at I/O 2022 is now rolled out. It sees the Android app on massive screens get a redesigned playlist view, which is an huge a component of the service. There’s a two-column UI the place cowl artwork and fully different particulars seem on the left and the track guidelines is on the various facet. [replace 6/30: The redesign was launched to albums afterward.]

that is simply the latest in tablet replace for YouTube Music, with that crew starting earlier this 12 months on the house feed to allow you to see extra content material in carousels (pay attention as quickly as extra, Your favorites, mixed for you, and so on.) with out having to scroll. fully different optimizations exist in Now having fun with (two-column view with controls on the left and your Up subsequent queue on the acceptable) and facet-by-facet settings.


replace 6/three: Google Clock 7.2 begins by introducing a left-sided navigation rail on tablets that provides the app extra vertical house consequently. the various huge change is the utilization of two-column layouts, when in panorama orientation, all by way of the equipment.


replace 5/25: mannequin eight.2 of Google’s Calculator app brings a two-column structure the place you will have the power to always see your calculation “historic previous” on tablets and fully different massive display devices. fully different parts of the UI are shrunken down accordingly and that is significantly fitted to multitasking.

—Google Lens

replace 5/18: mannequin thirteen.19 of the Google app lets Google Lens open in panorama mode. The seen search machine was beforehand restricted to portrait orientation on Android.

—Google photos

Google’s premier tablet app on Android is Google photos, and this replace rolled out in January of 2021. It’s not too fully different from the web UI. A navigation rail on the left edge means you will have the power to see barely extra vertical content material, whereas extra tabs might even be proven – in contrast with a backside bar – with out wanting cramped. collectively with photos, Search, Sharing, and Library, you have gotten quick entry to On machine, Utilities, Archive, and Trash. One small supplies You tweak that Google made in latest months is a tablet-shaped indicator to discover what tab you’re viewing as a substitute of simply highlighting the icon.

  • Google Photos tablet
  • Google Photos tablet

on the greater of the display, subsequent to “Google photos,” is a search bar with rounded corners. When viewing a photograph fullscreen, swiping up reveals a proper-hand pane whereas the overflow inside the most interesting-proper nook of the viewer reveals actions with accompanying icons.

—Google Calendar

I’ve already opined how Google Calendar is my favourite tablet app, primarily as a consequence of good Day and Schedule views the place you see all of the month on the left with an inventory of occasions subsequent to it whereas illustrations enliven the background. It would not seem that the agency is planning any adjustments.

whereas there’s apparent reuse from the web website, the Calendar crew has meaningfully differentiated the app for tablets, and that’s surprisingly a unusual incidence for Google.


Chrome on Android tablets is variety of akin to the desktop interface given the utilization of tab strips and Omnibox structure. There’s additionally assist for a quantity of house windows to assist multitasking.


YouTube is pretty effectively-optimized for tablets with two-column views all by way of, and Google’s I/O preview solely confirmed the participant display. It might always swap to a navigation rail.

—Google Translate

Translate already has the tablet optimizations touted on stage. usually, it’s greater for this app to be sparse and have pretty a little bit of spacing, given its nature as a (bodily) shared interface/machine.

—recordsdata by Google

—Google Podcasts

Google apps getting extra tablet tweaks

—Google Maps (see under)

Maps for Android already has a two-column view, however an upcoming replace replaces the whole-width backside bar with one which matches inside the left panel.

Future Google tablet app updates

Google Android tablet apps
  • Google Translate: See above
  • Maps: See above
  • photos: See above
  • household hyperlink: as a substitute of a navigation rail, household hyperlink appears to be using an always-displaying navigation drawer.
Google Android tablet apps
  • Google house: Centered navigation rail, although it appears ridiculous with simply two tabs. A two-column structure might presumably be greater.
  • Gmail: Navigation rail with a drawer button on the most interesting to see your folders and labels.
  • Google tv: Navigation rail whereas you will have the power to additionally make out the upcoming Highlights information feed as a component of that broader supplies You redesign.
  • Messages: Two-column structure, although it’s unclear if the UI proven above is extra meant for foldables considerably than tablets that require machine pairing, like Messages for web.
Google Android tablet apps
  • Google One: Navigation drawer with heavy use of playing cards inside the app physique.
  • YouTube Music: See above
  • Google Lens: seen search immediately on tablets solely works in portrait orientation.
  • Google Duo: Centralized controls.
  • Google Play: Like photos, there’s a navigation rail and prime search area. playing cards are used to level out various lists and promotions.
Google Android tablet apps
  • Google Calculator: Two-column structure.
  • Google Clock: Navigation rail paired with two-column structure.

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