In March, Google rolled out a complete design overhaul to its Workspace apps on the web, including a new look that followed its latest Material design guidelines. Elements became larger, rounder, and more colourful, enhancing usability. Now, the Android apps corresponding to those are on course to receive the same treatment.
The Android app for Google Docs currently features a toolbar that sits atop the keyboard. While its position is quite easy to reach, the spot means that the toolbar moves around with the keyboard, which can come off as jarring to some. The new interface is expected to move this toolbar to the top, just the way it is on the web, for a more streamlined experience across apps.
Aside from this, the updated Workspace apps will feature all the bells and whistles of their web versions including fresh iconography, colours, and of course, rounded elements.
Google has only shared a screenshot showing off the apps’ tablet interface for now, but we hope they will scale properly on mobile. The company is yet to reveal a specific release date for the update.
Alongside the interface updates, Google is also rolling out a change where you will now see “Type @ to insert” to help you start using the smart canvas features available in Sheets, right when you launch a new spreadsheet.