Google announced in September that it would soon bring a dual-pane UI to the Google Keep app on Android tablets and Chromebooks. A few weeks ago, the new design started appearing on Chromebooks. Now, even Android tablets have started getting the new dual-pane UI, but the availability is still limited.
According to a report by 9To5Google, Google Keep’s dual-pane UI has started to appear on some Android tablets, including the Galaxy Tab S8 series from Samsung. The app’s version 5.22.452.00.90 is available on the Play Store, and it brings a new design that takes better advantage of the bigger screen on Android tablets. Even foldable phones are expected to get this new UI in the near future.
With this dual-pane design, the list of notes appears on the left of the screen. When you open any note, it appears on the right half of the tablet’s screen. This dramatically improves productivity, as you can see other notes while editing an existing note or creating a new one. However, not all Android tablet users are seeing this design yet, and it looks like Google will activate the new UI for all users over the next few days.
After launching Android 12L in the second half of last year, Google announced that it would improve the UI of its 20 first-party apps on foldable phones and tablets to put the larger screens to good use. It is also encouraging other app developers to make similar changes for tablets, foldables, and Chromebooks.