Probably the web browser you’re now reading this over, it has an update and here’s what it is. Google Chrome, the search engine giant unveiled Android 12L earlier this year, giving tablets and foldable phones a better user interface and multitasking experience.

Google seems increasingly intent on improving things after ignoring the app experience on Android tablets for years. In May, Google IO, a developer conference, made a commitment to optimizing over 20 of its own apps for tablet use. Now, the search engine behemoth is starting to follow through on that promise, starting with the Chrome browser.

Google has released an update for Chrome for Android tablets that adds new capabilities like the ability to drag and drop data out of Chrome and a side-by-side view for better tab navigation. Users will be able to switch between tabs by swiping across the address bar thanks to the side-by-side layout (as shown in the GIF below). This is useful in situations like split-screen where it is difficult to read tab names.

Google Chrome has upgrades
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“The drag-and-drop functionality allows users to move around links, images and text from Chrome to apps such as Gmail, Keep and Photos. Watch it in action in the GIF below. Google introduced a similar drag-and-drop support for apps such as Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slide and Keep on Android tablets in July.”, wrote TechCrunch.

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The company said its tab groups feature — first introduced for Chrome for desktops in 2020 — is also “coming soon” to Chrome for tablets.

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“No matter if you prefer using a mouse, a stylus, or your finger, the Chrome on Android experience should be as intuitive and familiar on tablets as on your computer or phone. We’re constantly exploring new ways to make it easier and more enjoyable to use Chrome on your Android tablet — whether it’s easier navigation with the visual tab grid, switching to desktop mode, or finding the tab quickly,” said Lola Adams, product manager, Chrome, in a statement.