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Google Drive Update Introduces Spreadsheet Editing for Android

The Android team just announced a new update to the Google Drive app, one that brings spreadsheet editing to your mobile life. This new feature allows you to switch fonts, resize columns, sort data, and more. You’ll also be able to see live edits as they happen, just like through a browser. Talk about nailing a set of features that business folk have likely been requesting over and over again. 

The changelog from the Play store lists these changes as well:

  • Edit content of tables in google Docs editor
  • Formatting is maintained when copy/pasting within Google Docs
  • Single tap to enter edit mode in Google Docs editor
  • Add a shortcut to Drive files/folders to your homescreen for quick access
  • Send Link now supports copying link to clipboard

Via:  Android Blog | Play Link

  • Google Drive is the biggest fail and it really saddens to me say that because I’ve been waiting for it ever since it was just a rumor years ago. Both Dropbox and Skydrive are miles ahead of it in terms of usability and function. Skydrive.. which is what I use btw.. just released a couple months ago and had more functionality than Google’s own app on their own ecosystem. Something as simple as being able to download a file to your sdcard is STILL not implemented.. Really!?!?! That’s the entire point of having a cloud storage.. to be able to transfer files to and from your phone’s sdcard to the cloud.. seamlessly And Google drive.. fails.. and fails so hard at that.. I just can’t believe Google can’t get this app straight after all this time being available. True definition of mind being boggled. Smh.

  • Butters619

    I noticed this last week when I opened a spreadsheet in drive. Very handy.

  • They need to allow streaming video files

  • It seems to be Glitchy on my Razr Maxx. It is running really slow. I tried cutting, pasting and deleting. While deleting the wrong line went away. It’s a step in the right direction.

    My wife and I use a spreadsheet as a shopping list.

  • Freaking finally

  • Mallahet

    That is not a bad gift list. How do I get on there?

  • Did they add the ability to add a pin code to the Android app yet? Don’t have my phone nearby to check and I need that feature badly.

  • Bill Anderson

    Now if they could do offline presentations, I’d be set…

  • teevirus

    Finally a way to get more work done on my drive in to the office! /s

  • They need to add the ability to download a file to your device.

    • NexusPhan69

      They have had that for a while too…. Am I the only one that really uses Drive?

      Edit: Long press on any file in Google Drive.

      • JoshGroff

        I know I don’t use it, but that’s mainly because I have no real use for it.

        • NexusPhan69

          I don’t have a home computer. I only use my phone. So I use it occasionally to somewhat often. Or did you mean you don’t use Drive at all? Drive is amazing. I use it daily.

          • JoshGroff

            I haven’t used it at all, I use my work PC or my laptop for all my doc editing, which isn’t much, and use dropbox to sync the files. I always saw drive as just a way to quickly edit files on the go, which I don’t really have a use for.

          • NexusPhan69

            I ditched my dropbox after Drive came along. I understand your unwillingness to switch. I don’t blame you either. Dropbox is great at the things is does. For collaboration with groups, drive is amazing.

          • The Drive Android app is mostly for quick editing on the go. You wouldn’t want to do any serious composing with the app. However, the full Drive office suite at drive.google.com is another story. It is phenomenal and can easily replace any office software package like Lotus, Microsoft Office, or Open Office. You can also adds tools to it from the Chrome Web Store for presentations and stuff like that.

      • You can make a file available offline, but you can’t save it to your sd card.

        • NexusPhan69

          You’ve lost me now. What’s the difference between an offline file and a file on your sd card? My offline files are stored on my phone’s memory.

          • You have to dig for the offline files and your average person has no idea where they are or even that they’re on their internal memory/sd card when they set to “offline”. Offline available is not a true or even acceptable download solution and I wish people would stop saying that it is.

          • NexusPhan69

            What do you mean dig for the offline files? Drive has an offline files folder in the app itself. Any changes made while offline in the doc are synced as soon as internet is available. I do it all the time on planes.

          • That is not a true download solution. Those are still only accessible, to the average person, via the app’s interface. It’s fine if you want to work with all your files via Drive’s interface, but some people can’t/don’t want to depending on what type of file it is and what they want to do with the file. I keep all sorts of different file types in my Drive that the Drive app has no idea what to do with.

          • NexusPhan69

            You can use the Drive interface and long press on the file and select “open with” and choose whatever you want. I just tested it and confirmed I can even install an app from offline Google drive. I still don’t understand your argument against Google drive.

        • snogods

          the pinned files actually are saved locally… i realize its certainly not the most convenient way of doing things, and they should revamp this feature… but if you really need access to a file off drive, you can locate the pinned files via a file manager. android/data/com.google.android.apps.docs

          • I know, but that is bush league. I want an option to save to my download folder.

          • snogods

            i hear ya.. and agree. its the one feature that keeps gdrive from being a complete product. (same goes for how gmusic handles offline files. why not just make them available in your music folder, under the appropriate file names???). best solution i have found for myself is to make a shortcut to the pinned file folder for quick access.. not ideal, but what can ya do..

        • michael arazan

          I made a video saved for offline use that is on my Gdrive, pretty cool

      • That is not a proper implementation. Technically when you go to any website you’ve downloaded all the images and text on that site considering your browser caches all that content, but that’s not the same as when someone says they want to downloading something.

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  • NexusPhan69

    Uhh… I’ve been editing speadsheets in Drive from my phone for a while now. I’m lost.

    • Scott Hardy

      Its been improved drastically