This week, Google announced a roundup of new features that are rolling out to Android tablets, including a redesign of widgets for Google Drive and Keep. Additionally, other features of the Workspace app were also teased in July, which would improve the experience on tablets running Android 12L. One of them is the ability to run multiple instances of Docs, Sheets, or Slides, which has just been rolled out. However, a new feature has also just been announced that boosts the usefulness of Google Keep.
Dual pane view on Google Keep
Following the drag and drop functionality when split screen is active, Google is now introducing the dual pane view to Keep. Unlike a traditional split screen, this new feature allows you to browse an instance of Keep notes on the left side of your screen, while editing content on the right side of your screen.
The dual-pane view for Keep began rolling out to rapid and scheduled release domains on September 8, 2022 and will continue at a gradual pace that will last for up to two weeks.
Support for multiple instances on Docs, Sheets and Slides
Multi-instance support on Docs, Sheets & Slides was announced in July, however, the planned rollout specified that this feature would not be ready until September. According to the latest Workspace release notes, this began rolling out to the rapid and scheduled release domains on September 7, 2022 and will continue its gradual rollout for another two weeks.
Multi-instance effectively allows you to have two side-by-side windows of the same application. This can be done in Drive by tapping the three-dot menu on any file, choosing “Open in New Window,” then navigating through each Drive window independently.