Each Google app with an Android pill UI [U: Gboard, Chrome]

Each Google app with an Android pill UI [U: Gboard, Chrome]

At I/O 2022, Google introduced that it’ll replace over 20 of its first-party apps for big screens in a present of its dedication to the shape issue. It will undoubtedly enhance the expertise for present house owners and is supposed to encourage different builders to do the identical. Right here’s each Google app on Android that has a pill replace and what’s nonetheless to return.

—Google Sheets

Replace 10/22: Enhancements to drag-and-drop in Google Sheets allows you to drag, copy, and share charts and in-cell pictures to different apps, like Docs. Google can be rolling out hyperlink previews, like on the net, that “lets you get context from linked content material with out bouncing between apps and screens.”

Each Google app with an Android pill UI [U: Gboard, Chrome]

—Pixel Pill preview: Google Residence, Digital camera, One

A handful of latest designs had been previewed at Made by Google 2022 with the Pixel Pill tease:

  • Google Residence: Based mostly on the upcoming redesign, we see a navigation rail with Favorites, Gadgets, Automations, Exercise, and Settings. The Favorites tab clearly takes benefit of the extra area.
  • Google Digital camera: Taking cues from model 8.7 on the Pixel 7 and seven Professional, we’ve app controls housed on the left. This features a top-left nook settings dropdown and a pill-shaped controller.
  • Google One: One other have a look at the app, which seems like the web site, and continues to be not but stay. 

—Chrome II

Earlier this week, Google made official a Tab Grid for Chrome on Android. There’s additionally a gesture that allows you to swipe throughout the Omnibox to rapidly swap between tabs, and with the ability to load the desktop model of websites by default. In the meantime, Tab Teams are coming quickly to the big display screen units.

—Google Play Retailer II

The total Google Play pill (and foldable) redesign that shows app screenshots, movies, and descriptions immediately within the Apps and Video games tabs/feeds might be obtainable in 2023. Builders are suggested to replace their listings forward of that.


Gboard’s new pill format really takes benefit of the additional display screen actual property offered by a big display screen. Now not feeling like a stretched out telephone expertise, the background sheet and keys get taller by default (in panorama). There are new keys for Tab, Caps Lock, Cover Keyboard, and Left/Proper arrow, whereas others have been moved round. These updates can be found with model 12.3 (beta) of Gboard and newer.

Gboard Android tablet


—Google Play Retailer I

Replace 9/30: Forward of a broader redesign, Google has up to date the Play Retailer with a navigation rail that’s extra compact than the earlier drawer.

In the mean time, this permits app icons to be bigger however these carousels will quickly make means for playing cards. Google Play has additionally tweaked the nook brand and search discipline to be extra compact.

—Google Docs, Sheets, Slides

Replace 9/17: Now you can open a number of cases of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides (model 1.22.342.08.90+) to view them side-by-side. Nevertheless, getting them to that state is a little bit of a handbook course of.

You open the primary doc after which return to the Docs/Sheets/Slides app (utilizing the system Recents multitasking menu) to launch the second. Reopen Recents and drag the primary file to provoke split-screen. It’s not as simple as Drive’s “Open in new window” button, which has been renamed to “Open in break up view” (and solely works on folders).

—Google Drive and Maintain widgets

Replace 9/13: Google is optimizing widgets for Android tablets by making them bigger given the extra display screen actual property obtainable. Drive (with model 2.22.357.1) provides a row of shortcuts to the Drive fast actions widget that creates a brand new doc in Docs, Sheets, or Slides. This homescreen object can be notable for introducing a brand new round configuration.

In the meantime, the Google Maintain (5.22.342.03.90) Observe Checklist widget eliminates the fitting sidebar for a fake backside bar in slim configurations. This matches the Gmail widget and allows you to see extra notes. Nevertheless, you may nonetheless get the outdated design by growing the width.

—Google TV

Replace 8/28: Google TV was one of many apps slated for a redesign at I/O. A tablet-optimized model is now obtainable, however with out the Materials You stylings proven on-stage. The first change is a navigation rail with centered tabs that substitute the underside bar. We’re seeing this new look with model, which isn’t but broadly rolled out, on a Chromebook.

Again in Might, Google’s slides depicted a a lot wider rail with rectangular indicators noting your present tab. In the meantime, the Materials You iteration seems to revamp the app bar so it’s extra seamless. The prevailing design is a matter within the Your stuff web page the place prime tabs are used.

—Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides

Replace 8/3: Google introduced final week that Drive and Docs/Sheets/Slides are getting pill optimizations. A number of the options have rolled out, together with the power to:

  • Drag pictures/textual content from one other app (like Chrome) and drop right into a doc or spreadsheet cell. Just like Google Maintain.
  • In Google Drive, you may add information by dragging and dropping them in.
  • You possibly can open two Drive cases side-by-side by opening a folder’s overflow menu and deciding on “Open in new window.”
  • [Not live in our testing] “You too can add hyperlinks to Drive information by dragging the file into an open app like Maintain.”
  • Bodily keyboard shortcuts in Drive, Docs, and Slides to pick out, minimize, copy, paste, undo and redo.

—YouTube Music

Replace 6/6: The pill optimization introduced for YouTube Music at I/O 2022 is now rolled out. It sees the Android app on giant screens get a redesigned playlist view, which is a giant a part of the service. There’s a two-column UI the place cowl artwork and different particulars seem on the left and the track checklist is on the opposite aspect. [Update 6/30: The redesign was introduced to albums later on.]

That is simply the most recent in pill replace for YouTube Music, with that staff beginning earlier this yr on the Residence feed to allow you to see extra content material in carousels (Hear once more, Your favorites, Blended for you, and many others.) with out having to scroll. Different optimizations exist in Now Taking part in (two-column view with controls on the left and your Up subsequent queue on the proper) and side-by-side settings.


Replace 6/3: Google Clock 7.2 begins by introducing a left-sided navigation rail on tablets that offers the app extra vertical area consequently. The opposite large change is using two-column layouts, when in panorama orientation, all through the appliance.


Replace 5/25: Model 8.2 of Google’s Calculator app brings a two-column format the place you may at all times see your calculation “Historical past” on tablets and different giant display screen units. Different elements of the UI are shrunken down accordingly and that is notably suited to multitasking.

—Google Lens

Replace 5/18: Model 13.19 of the Google app lets Google Lens open in panorama mode. The visible search device was beforehand restricted to portrait orientation on Android.

—Google Pictures

Google’s premier pill app on Android is Google Pictures, and this replace rolled out in January of 2021. It’s not too totally different from the net UI. A navigation rail on the left edge means you may see barely extra vertical content material, whereas extra tabs could be proven – in comparison with a backside bar – with out trying cramped. Along with Pictures, Search, Sharing, and Library, you could have fast entry to On Machine, Utilities, Archive, and Trash. One small Materials You tweak that Google made in current months is a pill-shaped indicator to notice what tab you’re viewing as an alternative of simply highlighting the icon.

  • Google Photos tablet
  • Google Photos tablet

On the prime of the display screen, subsequent to “Google Pictures,” is a search bar with rounded corners. When viewing a photograph fullscreen, swiping up reveals a right-hand pane whereas the overflow within the top-right nook of the viewer reveals actions with accompanying icons.

—Google Calendar

I’ve already opined how Google Calendar is my favourite pill app, primarily due to the good Day and Schedule views the place you see the whole month on the left with a listing of occasions subsequent to it whereas illustrations enliven the background. It doesn’t seem that the corporate is planning any modifications.

Whereas there’s apparent reuse from the web site, the Calendar staff has meaningfully differentiated the app for tablets, and that’s surprisingly a uncommon prevalence for Google.

—Chrome I

Chrome on Android tablets is almost equivalent to the desktop interface given using tab strips and Omnibox format. There’s additionally help for a number of home windows to assist multitasking.


YouTube is pretty well-optimized for tablets with two-column views all through, and Google’s I/O preview solely confirmed the participant display screen. It may at all times swap to a navigation rail.

—Google Translate

Translate already has the pill optimizations touted on stage. Typically, it’s higher for this app to be sparse and have a variety of spacing, given its nature as a (bodily) shared interface/device.

—Information by Google

—Google Podcasts

Google apps getting extra pill tweaks

—Google Maps (see beneath)

Maps for Android already has a two-column view, however an upcoming replace replaces the full-width backside bar with one that matches within the left panel.

Future Google pill app updates

Google Android tablet apps
  • Google Translate: See above
  • Maps: See above
  • Pictures: See above
  • Household Hyperlink: As an alternative of a navigation rail, Household Hyperlink seems to be utilizing an always-showing navigation drawer.
Google Android tablet apps
  • Google Residence: Centered navigation rail, although it seems ridiculous with simply two tabs. A two-column format may very well be higher.
  • Gmail: Navigation rail with a drawer button on the prime to see your folders and labels.
  • Google TV: Navigation rail whereas you can also make out the upcoming Highlights information feed as a part of that broader Materials You redesign.
  • Messages: Two-column format, although it’s unclear if the UI proven above is extra meant for foldables relatively than tablets that require Machine pairing, like Messages for internet.
Google Android tablet apps
  • Google One: Navigation drawer with heavy use of playing cards within the app physique.
  • YouTube Music: See above
  • Google Lens: Visible search as we speak on tablets solely works in portrait orientation.
  • Google Duo: Centralized controls.
  • Google Play: Like Pictures, there’s a navigation rail and prime search discipline. Playing cards are used to indicate varied lists and promotions.
Google Android tablet apps
  • Google Calculator: Two-column format.
  • Google Clock: Navigation rail paired with two-column format.

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