O Google Chrome for android became more compatible with tablets and foldable cell phones. This Tuesday (18), the Google updated the browser to ensure an optimized experience on large screens. Among the improvements are the new gesture to switch tabs and the possibility to drag and drop information in other apps.
The update follows on from the promise made by Google itself in May. During the Google I/O 2022, the brand announced that it would improve the use of more than twenty of its apps on tablets. The announcement came after the Android 12L debutwhich offers adaptations for tablets and foldable phones, such as the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
A few months later, Google Chrome started receiving optimizations. Let’s start with the visual, which displays the tabs at the top of the screen, just like in desktop browser windows. Users can also switch tabs by swiping left to right or backwards on the address bar.
“To help prevent you from accidentally closing tabs, we’ll hide the Close button when tabs get too small,” reads one Google blog post. “If you close a tab you didn’t mean to, the one-step restore can take you back to where you were.”
The browser for tablets will also gain tab groups soon.
Google Chrome lets you drag and drop information
Switching tends to help when there are too many tabs open. But the news doesn’t stop there: with the new version, users can drag items from Chrome to drop them to other open apps simultaneously. Thus, it is possible to transport images, links or texts from a website to a document, for example, without much difficulty.
Google has also promised to update other apps to better work on larger screens. This is the case with Google Drive, which gained keyboard shortcuts, multiple windows, and drag-and-drop functionality in July. At the time, the company also committed to improving the other apps in the Workspace suite.