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Seven productivity apps that get better on Android foldables and tablets

Seven productivity apps that get better on Android foldables and tablets

Last updated: 23 October 2023 at 08:14 UTC+02:00

Since the launch of Android 12L, Google has made good on its promise to release more foldable Android apps optimized for tablets. Severn’s first- and third-party apps have added support for foldable smartphones and tablets, allowing users to take advantage of the larger screen on their devices. Now, more apps, including Adobe Acrobat Reader, Dropbox, Evernote, Gmail, Google Docs, and Todoist, are getting big-screen improvements.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Starting with Adobe Acrobat Reader, PDF Reader now features an improved design to utilize more screen real estate on foldable phones and tablets. You can also use the app in split-screen mode and drag and drop PDF files from other apps to Acrobat Reader to open it. Adobe is also working on providing the ability to open PDF files side by side for comparison and study.

Drop box

Dropbox user interface for foldable tablet

Dropbox for Android now automatically resizes files based on the device’s screen size. Therefore, foldable phones and tablets can display images in a larger view. The app now also supports an external keyboard and mouse for more precise control and productivity.


Evernote is a foldable tablet with a two-part design

Evernote now supports a two-pane layout on large-screen Android devices like foldable phones and tablets. The app now works with a pen to draw. It has also received updated widgets that can adapt to different sizes and orientations.


Gmail Android collapsible link opens in new split-screen mode

Gmail already received a two-pane design for foldable phones and tablets, and is now getting further improvements, including the ability to open files and links within the email on the right half of the screen. You can control the display of that screen by dragging the separator handle that first appears in the middle of the screen.

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google docs

A foldable tablet for editing Google Docs

Google Docs already has a two-pane layout for foldable smartphones and tablets. Now, Google has added the ability to enter editing mode once the file is opened. The formatting toolbar can be seen more easily and the cursor is visible when opening a file on a flip phone or tablet.


Todoist foldable tablet with two-part design

Todoist is one of the most popular to-do apps on Android smartphones. It has received a two-part design on foldable phones and tablets. The developers have also shifted important UI elements to the bottom for easier access.

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Zoom video call foldable split screen

Zoom, the popular video conferencing app, can now display video calls on half a phone that folds into landscape mode so you can hold meetings hands-free. For example, when Flex mode is activated on the Galaxy Z Fold 5, the video call is switched to the fixed half of the screen.