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Google adds features to its productivity apps to play nicely with Android tablets

By Ken Wong - on 19 Feb 2024, 2:45pm

Google adds features to its productivity apps to play nicely with Android tablets

Image source: Google.

During Google I/O 2022 the company said that they were getting their apps to play nicer with larger screen formats like tablets. Google also added that they were optimising more than twenty of its apps for tablet form factor – including YouTube Music, Google Maps, and Google Messages.

Well, Google has just announced improvements to the Google Workspace experience on Android based tablets. While some of the improvements are across all productivity apps, some are specific to only one app. 

The improvements include:

Formatting options. Image source: Google.

  • Adding a new formatting sidebar in Google Docs, Slides and Sheets: The new sidebar (activated by tapping the format button) reduces the number of taps needed to navigate formatting options, enabling users to easily arrange text, tables, images, and more depending on the app being used. 

Drag and drop image. Image source: Google.

  • Drag and drop an image to replace the background in Google Slides: users can drag and drop an image to become the background in Google Slides by hovering over the border of an empty slide before dropping in an image from your desktop, Content Library or another webpage. If you drop the image anywhere else, it will insert the image onto the slide.

Easily manage comments. Image source: Google.

  • Sort, filter, and manage comments faster: Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will be getting an improved comments experience so it’s easier to find and take action on comments.
  • Companion Mode is now support on your mobile device: Companion Mode in Google Meet is now usable on Android and iOS devices. Using companion mode, you can now: 
    • Check-in to the room to be identified by name.
    • Share an emoji reaction without interrupting the speaker.
    • Raise your hand to indicate that you’d like to speak.
    • Turn on captions to view subtitles as everyone speaks during a meeting.
    • Exchange chat messages with other meeting participants.
    • View and zoom in on presented content to easily follow along with the presenter on your own device.

According to Google, the features are available to all Google Workspace customers, and are fully launched or in the process of rolling out. It added that the rollouts should take no more than 15 business days to complete

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