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Google has been optimizing its first-party apps with big-screen optimizations since I/O 2022, and that’s expected to end with the Pixel Tablet. The latest update is Google Discover’s three-column interface for tablets.

We’ve already shown you how Google is updating Assistant and Discover for the Pixel tablet. The latest change is already rolling out to existing tablets, including Samsung’s Tab S8 with Google app (current beta).

Instead of just two columns of articles, Google Discover now has a third that updates the feed. The full-screen effect is particularly prominent on the left side of your home screen with a black background, while the Google logo and your profile avatar move to the top corners.

Meanwhile, the navigation bar in the Google app looks much better without the blank space. We’re still waiting for the sidebar to transition to the Material You style.

As part of this three-column change, Google now places all articles in cards with open outlines, while the cover images are reduced in size. The width is identical, but the height varies from row to row. The same goes for portrait orientation, though you’re stuck with two columns.

On the Pixel tablet, Google is expected to add a series of media offerings from “Your apps” such as Google TV as part of a lightweight experience and colorful backgrounds.

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