Google Keep gets two-pane display on Android tablets

The trickle of new Google Keep features continues today with a “double pane” display on Android tablets and foldable devices.

This “double pane” view allows you to “browse notes keeping on the left side of your screen, while editing content on the right”. If left is set to multi-column view, you’ll get two columns like on phones, but the single column should be more efficient.

On the other half, you get your note (or list, picture, etc.). Previously, Google Keep would open content in the center of the screen while the column(s) remain visible in the background. It was a fine approach, but could be somewhat distracting. This new design allows you to truly multitask.

In a help article, Google says that the “dual pane is available if your device’s screen is > 840 dp and you are using the Google Keep app in landscape mode.” Android 12L’s large screen capabilities (e.g. dual panels) start at over 600 dp.

Google Keep double window

It’s not clear if this two-pane view is automatic, or if there will be a setting to stick with the current approach.

Google Keep’s dual display rolled out yesterday and will be fully available in the coming weeks. It is not live on tablets and foldable tablets that we checked today. This new feature adds the ability to add links to Drive files by dragging them into Keep and inserting images from Keep into other apps by dragging them out.

Meanwhile, Google has widely rolled out the new note list widget design with a faux bottom bar on tablets and phones. The previous version with a sidebar on the right no longer appears to be available on phones, but remains on tablets if you stretch the widget.

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