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Google gives iPad users split-screen multitasking for Docs, Sheets, Slides

Users of recent iPad models running iOS 9 can edit a doc while running another app at the same time on the other side of the screen.

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Google's update to its productivity suite allows users to edit a document or spreadsheet while running a browser or another app on the other side of the screen.

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iPad users will finally get split-screen multitasking on iOS versions of Docs, Sheets and Slides, thanks to an update Google released Wednesday.

The update allows users of recent models of the iPad Pro and the iPad Air 2 running iOS 9 to edit a document or spreadsheet while running another app at the same time on the other side on the tablet's screen. The update comes nearly a year after Apple released iOS 9, which included the long-sought addition of "Split View," a new multitasking function that lets iPad users create a split screen of two apps side by side.

Google's productivity suite also received bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as the ability to add images and page breaks to documents. The updated apps can be downloaded for free from the App Store.