The drip of new Google Keep features continues today with a “dual-pane” view of Android tablets and foldables.
This “dual-pane” view lets you “browse through Keep’s notes on the left side of your screen, while editing content on the right side.” If left is set to multi-column view, you get two columns like on phones, but single column should be more efficient.
On the other half, you get your note (or list, image, etc.). Previously, Google Keep opened content in the center of the screen while keeping the column(s) visible in the background. It was a good approach, but it could be a little distracting. This new design lets you truly multitask.
In a help article, Google states that “dual pane is available if your device’s screen is >840 dp and you’re using the Google Keep app in landscape mode.” Android 12L’s large screen (e.g. dual panes) starts at over 600 dp.
It is unclear if this dual pane view is automatic or if there will be a setting to stick with the current approach.
Google Keep’s dual pane view started rolling out yesterday and will be fully available in the coming weeks. It’s not live on the tablets and foldables we checked out today. This new feature joins the ability to add links to Drive files by dragging them into Keep and inserting images from Keep into other apps by dragging them.
Meanwhile, Google has widely rolled out the new design of the Note List widget with a fake bottom bar on tablets and phones. The previous iteration with a sidebar on the right seems to no longer be available on phones, but remains on tablets if you stretch the widget.
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