Android 13 for tablets brings a taskbar, improved multitasking and more handy features

At Google’s I/O conference today, the search engine giant officially showcased Android 13. But aside from it about to upgrade our smartphones, it is of course bringing a lot of special features tailored to Android tablets.

Those were showcased today to include some much-needed UI and multitasking changes:

Most notably, from a UI standpoint Android 13 will be bringing an updated notification shade, fitting more information at a glace, thus taking better advantage of a tablet’s large display, as shown below.

As we can see, the notification shade is split in two halves, and features the new, rounded-corner Material You design we’re also getting on smartphones. We can also see the amount of active apps currently running in the bottom left corner, and together with the latest notifications, we get immediate access to control settings like brightness, sharing, etc.

Finally – a taskbar!

Something I know many of us power users have wanted on Android tablets and iPads for a while is finally coming to one of those two! And that would be a desktop or Chrome OS-like app taskbar, staying fixed to the bottom even if you open an app, as shown below:

Pressing the little icon on the far right end of the taskbar would show you all of your available apps, making it similar to a Start menu on a Windows PC, giving you easy access to your apps from anywhere.

iPad-like drag and drop is coming to Android tablets too

Now something that we’ve had on iPads but is only just coming to Android tablets – drag and drop support. This means you will not only be able to drag and drop images from, say, your gallery app into a messaging app, as shown below, but even drag an app from the notification shade over to your current app to open split-screen!

Swipe up to overview your running apps

Another handy feature Google showcased today is “swipe up to overview,” showing you the apps you’ve used recently for quick and easy switching between.

Apps that were previously open in split-screen with other apps will stay like this when you get back to them via this app switcher – handy!

Google is also updating over 20 of its apps to look better on Android tablets

Those include YouTube music, an optimized Google Maps showcasing more information, and an updated Messages app featuring a multi-column view. Third party apps like Facebook and TikTok were also mentioned to feature a revamped look on Android 13.

And that’s pretty much what we got for today in terms of Android 13 on tablets, and although not much at a glance, those updates sound pretty exciting for us tablet fans! Right?

To learn more about Android 13 and what it’ll be bringing to your smartphone too, head on over to our Android 13 information hub. And if you love Android tablets, be sure to check out our recent review of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra!

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