Google is making changes to the Discover feed ahead of the Pixel tablet’s release this year


You may not know what it’s called, but when you swipe right from the first homepage of your Android phone, you see the Google Discover feed. There, you scroll down a list of stories that Google says are of interest to you. For example, this writer’s Discover page shows tech stories (some written by my colleagues and myself for PhoneArena), articles about the sports I follow (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL), stories about Beatles and stock market reports.

On an Android phone, the Google Discover feed is a single column that scrolls vertically. As noted 9to5Google, changes are underway in preparation for the release of the Pixel Tablet this year. The latter will be the latest addition to the Pixel ecosystem. The Discover page change for Android tablets is already rolling out as the new Discover interface has been spotted on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 running the current Google app beta (14.2.7.26).

In the Discover feed, instead of each row containing two columns of stories, with the update Android tablets in landscape orientation will display three columns of articles organized for the user. The change makes edge-to-edge power. The width of each story in the feed is the same, but the height is different in each row. In portrait, there will be two columns for each row.

On the Google app, you’ll see a three-column feed in landscape mode with less empty space to the right of the Discover, Search, and Collections buttons on the left side of the screen. In portrait mode, you get two columns similar to how they look on the Discover feed.

On the Pixel tablet, both the Discover feed and the Google app will include a line labeled “From your apps” that will show recommended content for you. The Pixel tablet could arrive with a 10.95-inch screen and feature the Google Tensor 2 SoC under the hood.