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Android adds drag and drop features to tablet OS

Share text, images and links across Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and more in split screen mode

Drag and drop functions in the tablet version of Android

Google has introduced new Workspace features for Android tablets that allow users to share more across Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Keep apps.

The announcements are part of Google's plans to make Android easier to use on tablets and it follows the introduction of Android 12L earlier this year. Many of the announcements were teased at Google's I/O developer conference back in May.

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All the new features and capabilities are aimed at improving the experience of Workspace on tablets. One of the most notable new features is the ability to drag and drop text or images across apps in split screen mode. For example, users can take text from Chrome or Sheets and drop that straight into an existing document or spreadsheet. Users can even upload links to Drive files simply by dragging and dropping them over. 

Slit screen mode will also now allow for two Drive windows to be open side-by-side. To do so, users need to select the three-dot menu on and Drive file and tap 'Open in a new window'. This lets users access information from other Drive files without having to click in and out of different tabs. 

For people that use physical keyboards with their tablets, Google has also added a range of keyboard shortcuts. These are things like select, cut, copy, paste, undo and redo and they aim to help users navigate around Drive, Docs, Sheets and slides without having to take their hands off the keyboard.

The new updates will roll out to Android tablets over the next few weeks, according to Android senior director of product management, Scott Blanksteen.

"And stay tuned for more updates as we continue to add new features for Google apps on Android's larger screens," Blanksteen said in a blog post.

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