In recent years, Google has neglected the user experience on smartphones and tablets. The search engine giant unveiled Android 12L earlier this year, giving tablets and foldable phones a better multitasking experience and user interface.
Google IO, a developer conference, announced in May that over 20 of its own apps would be optimized for tablets. In conjunction with the Chrome browser, the search engine behemoth is beginning to fulfill that promise.
With the new update for Chrome for Smartphones and tablets, users can drag and drop data out of Chrome and navigate tabs side-by-side.
Users will be able to switch among tabs by sliding from across the address bar owing to the side-by-side layout. This is useful in scenarios like split-screen where it is difficult to read tab names.
Users can drag-and-drop photos, links, and text using the drag-and-drop functionality in Chrome to apps like Keep, Gmail, and Photos. In July, Google added comparable drag-and-drop functionality to its Drive, Sheets, Docs, Slide, and Keep applications for Android tablets.
To make switching between tabs easier for users rather than needing them to walk across the horizontal line of tabs, the upgraded Chrome for tablets and Smartphones also adds a grid structure for tabs.
Users now have the option of sliding up from the bottom of the screen to see huge previews of all open tabs. This feature is already present in the Chrome mobile app’s tab switcher.
The business announced that Chrome for tablets would “soon” get its tab groups functionality, which was first made available for Chrome for desktops in 2020.
As it gears up to introduce its own Pixel tablet this year and next, Google is gradually enhancing the Android phone experience through app updates and OS upgrades.