How to drag and drop between apps on your Android tablet

Say you’re surfing the web on your top-of-the-line Android tablet and come across a valuable piece of information that you want to save in your notes app. Perhaps you want to spice up a document with images from your gallery. Whichever it is, the drag-and-drop feature lets you seamlessly move items between apps in multi-window mode, and we show you how it works.

What is drag and drop on Android?

Android’s drag and drop is like when you move things around on your computer by clicking and dragging with your mouse. On Android devices, you can pick up text, pictures, and other supported objects on your screen with your finger and move them to another place in the same app or between different apps that are open at the same time.

It all starts when you touch and hold something on your screen. The phone recognizes you want to move it and then shows a copy of that thing you’re moving (called a drag shadow). As you move your finger around, the phone tells the different parts of the screen that you’re just passing over. The action ends when you let go of what you’re moving. If you release the object on a place that can accept it (called a drop target), it goes there. Otherwise, it disappears.

The feature can be useful for moving text from a web page to a notes app or pulling pictures from your gallery to a document. You can also drag images from any supported app to Google Drive, where they’re uploaded automatically.

How to drag and drop between apps on your tablet

Follow these steps to use drag and drop on your tablet:

  1. Open the two apps you wish to drag and drop items between in split screen mode. You can do this
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Huawei’s next version of HarmonyOS will drop support for Android apps

A few years ago Chinese phone maker Huawei announced that it would begin shipping smartphones with its own HarmonyOS operating system rather than Google Android. But when the first HarmonyOS phones began shipping it was clear that the operating system was little more than a heavily skinned version of Android… at first.

Over the past few years Huawei has put a lot more work into its operating for smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and other products. And now it looks like the company is almost ready to take a major step by dropping support for Android apps altogether.

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The next version of Huawei’s operating system is known as HarmonyOS Next, and according to a report from PandaDaily, it will drop “traditional AOSP code,” which means that while it will look a lot like the versions of HarmonyOS available today, under the hood it will be running Huawei’s code rather than Google’s Android Open Source Project code.

And that means developers that want to make sure users can run their apps on Huawei phones and other devices will need to port them to run natively on HarmonyOS Next. The South China Morning Post reports that major Chinese tech firms like JD, NetEase, and Meituan have gone on a HarmonyOS app developer hiring spree.

Of course, there’s probably less incentive for global companies who do the bulk of their business outside of China to adopt the platform, which could lead to a drop in the number of overall apps available for Huawei devices.

But it’s not like Huawei had much choice in the matter. The company’s decision to move from Android to HarmonyOS in the first place was a response to US sanctions that limited the company’s ability to source technology from companies that do business with the

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December’s Pixel Feature Drop may integrate weather into the Clock app

Local weather in your world clock, plus new widgets


  • The Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2 release includes weather integration in the Clock app and widget, a feature that other Android phone manufacturers have had for a while.
  • You can see current weather conditions and highs and lows for the day alongside the current time in both the Clock app and the World Clock widget.
  • To enable the weather integration, you need to go into the Clock app’s settings and enable the “local weather on clock” option. This feature may not be available to everyone yet, indicating a potential server-side rollout or app update.

Google’s ongoing Android 14 beta release program is in full steam again with the QPR1 Beta, slated to be released as the Pixel Feature Drop in December this year. With it, Google is finally adding weather to its Clock app and widgets, which is something that other Android phone manufacturers have included for the longest time. This is not all surprising, as we shared the hints a while ago.

The Android 14 QPR1 Beta 2 release shows us what this integrated weather looks like, as spotted by Mishaal Rahman on social media platform X (formerly Twitter).

As you can see in the screenshots, the current weather conditions will be displayed alongside the current time. This weather integration is live in both the app’s Clock section as well as the World Clock widget. When you have multiple places added from different time zones, you will see the weather for these places as well. You can see the current temperature and weather conditions as well as the highs and lows for the day.

After you’ve installed QPR1 Beta 2 on your phone, you will first have to dive into the Clock app’s settings and enable the local weather

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Google Pixel devices start receiving Android 14 with October 2023 Feature Drop

Yesterday may have been the day of new Pixel devices for Google. However, it also finally released its first stable Android 14 builds, which are available before the Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro begin shipping. For reference, the company presented the Pixel Watch 2 during Wednesday’s launch event too, as well as a visually updated pair of Pixel Buds Pro earbuds.

As always, Android 14 arrives on Pixel smartphones first, with the Pixel 4a 5G through Pixel 7a eligible, plus all flagships released in between. While the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro mark the start of Google’s commitment to offering seven years of software support for its smartphones, this does not extend to existing models. Thus, it seems that Android 14 is the final stop for the Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a 5G, even though the latter arrived almost a year after the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5.

Arguably, the full changelog is too long to discuss here. With that said, Google has published a dedicated Android 14 website that demonstrates some of the changes from Android 13, including improved lock screen customisation and expanded accessibility options. The release of Android 14 also coincides with the October 2023 Feature Drop, the details of which Google has covered in a separate blog post. The company has bundled its latest Feature Drop within Android 14, such as an updated Camera app, RAW image editing and new Battery Saver features. 

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June’s Google Pixel Watch update arrives, even with Pixel Feature Drop a no-show

Maybe not /everyone/ was busy watching WWDC today

Today’s the first Monday of June, and if you consider yourself a betting man (or woman), you may have felt that it was a reasonable assumption that Google was likely to release its latest Pixel updates today. After all, first Mondays are when we normally expect to see these patches drop, and Google even managed to whet our appetite for the Pixel Feature Drop (aka Android 13 QPR3) with some announcements late last week. With Monday upon us, June updates for Pixel phones are a (maybe not-so mysterious) no-show, but Google is still managing to throw us one small bone, with the release of the June patch for the Pixel Watch.


Like other recent Google Pixel Watch monthly updates, there is not a lot going on here, and the release notes are once again of the notoriously vague “security patches, bug fixes and improvements” variety.

Pixel Watch owners should start seeing software RWDC.230605.004 as of today, with distribution continuing over the course of roughly the next week. As always, if you’re feeling impatient you can navigate to Settings > System > System updates on your Pixel Watch and start jamming away at the “Your watch is up to date” screen until the update starts cooperating.

Google’s general Android Security Bulletin for June is currently available, but we’re still waiting for the Pixel-specific Bulletin to be published. With all the excitement coming out of WWDC this afternoon, though, we can give Google a pass for being a little preoccupied.

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June Android 13 QPR3 update with next Pixel Feature Drop is late

Given that two out of the last three updates arrived late, we’re not too surprised that Android 13 QPR3 with the June 2023 security patch and the next Pixel Feature Drop is not yet out.

Historically, Google releases Pixel security patches on the first Monday of the month at 10 a.m. In March, Android 13 QPR2 rolled out a week late, while the Verizon variant for the Pixel 6 and 6a series took another seven days. Despite being a more minor update, the same thing happened in April. Things went back to normal last month, but the delay has now returned.

As of 10:30 a.m. (PT), the stable release of Android 13 QPR3 has not been announced. We do, however, have the Android Security Bulletin—June 2023. There are 23 security issues resolved in the Android 13 June patch dated 2023-06-01 and 34 for 2023-06-05. Google warns that:

There are indications that CVE-2022-22706 may be under limited, targeted exploitation.

The vulnerability relates to ARM Mali GPUs and has a “high” severity.

It comes as the Android 13 QPR3 Beta Program was quite sporadic. Beta 1 arrived in mid-March and Beta 2 went out after only two weeks compared to the usual month-long wait. Beta 3 followed three weeks later with Beta 3.2 being the last release in mid-May. 

Android 14 might have played a role given the close release cadence, while another factor might be how the Pixel Tablet and Fold are launching with Android 13 QPR3.

Meanwhile, given the side-by-side release cadence, June’s Pixel Watch update is likely also delayed.

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