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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Get Material Design-styled Web Home Screens

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This isn’t directly Android-related, but Google announced this morning that Docs, Sheets, and Slides all have brand new individual home screens that are accessible through the web. As you would expect, they are certainly inspired by Material Design, with a new hamburger menu, card-like interface, and floating “+” button to create new sheets/slides/docs.

These new app home screens for Google’s office suite allow you to quickly get back to your most recently edited files without having to first enter Drive or do any sort of searching. By entering a specific app home screen, you are presented with big imagery of your recently opened files. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

To see for yourself, hit up the direct links below. 

Links:  Docs | Sheets | Slides

Via:  +Google Drive
  • Tony Pettinato

    These apps are useless without folder management and access within the specific app…not just in Google Drive. How dumb are people that Google thinks this is necessary for making things easier?

  • Phil Stout

    BLAHHHHHHH – You guys are obsessed with this material design stuff. Just do a weekly update and quit spamming your readers!

    • Suicide_Note

      The point is to post the info as it becomes available and is current, not when it’s days late and every other Android site has already posted about it.

      If you don’t like the material, don’t click on the article or visit this site. Problem solved.

      • Phil Stout

        Like Kellen said, “This isn’t … Android-related”… so no need to post it here

        • flosserelli

          DL editors are free to post whatever they please on their site. If you don’t like their choice of content, go start your own blog.

        • Suicide_Note

          It’s a heads up for those who may not be interested in non-Android related news, such as yourself. If you haven’t noticed by now, there are plenty of non-Android related articles that get posted here.

        • trixnkix637

          Am I the only one who doesn’t take the name Droid-Life so seriously? I’m happy to hear mobile related news (i.e. not so much Apple, but if it’s somehow related to the world of Android), tech related news, or Google related news. This article applies to Google related news. I agree, if you don’t like it, don’t click on it. Let these editors live.

    • flosserelli

      You hate it, yet you took time to comment about it…

  • Joe

    man i want them to update google drive on web or on android. It looks beautiful

  • James

    I hate the separating out of Docs, Sheets, and Slides from Drive, for so many reasons. But hey, at least these web updates are consistent with the apps.

    • jwildman16

      Agreed. I have no use for the separation of the apps. My docs are organized and used by topic, not by file format.

      • James

        Exactly. I’m sick of Google training people to approach services in one way (through UI, organization, etc.) and then changing it up completely. How did someone think it would be a good idea to omit folders in these new and “improved” apps?

        I’m all for making things prettier, but not at the expense of ease and familiarity of use.

        • maysider

          exactly, iDesigners from Google should be fired
          1) productivity gone
          2) features gone
          3) ergonomics gone
          Google’s target is probably to lose usability of its products :)

      • Steve Smith

        I organize by project/topic as well. However, MANY people I work with organize by file type. I was absolutely baffled the first time I saw it, but it is by no means odd to me anymore.

        • jwildman16

          Weird. That’s like keeping all your shirts in the bedroom closet and all your pants in the hall closet.

        • James

          Interesting! Even so, Drive makes it simple to search by document type. It takes 2 clicks. So while the main app easily accommodates different workflows and organizational arrangements already, the new apps are much more limited.

        • maysider

          simple sorting by file type, included in every file manager
          but Google’s iDesigners think we all need just this
          they should be fired, this state goes against productivity

    • cadtek91

      It’ll take some getting use to, but I think their philosophy behind it is to actually many them applications and not just features of Google Drive. Also, it makes it easier for users, who want to make a document, but “oh I have to go to Google Drive first? but I can just open Excel and start on it”

      • James

        I’m not sure how that’s “easier”. It’s a lot simpler to have one app, and one website, to create and manage documents.

        I get the desire to go after Office, but just about all trends show Google Docs rising compared to other services. Why fix it if it ain’t broke? Why couldn’t Google just focus on improving and prettifying Drive with all its components? Although the old Office model of workflow is still holding on, generally offices and individuals are moving away from it. Why copy it now? Plus Chromebooks have had the option for separate shortcuts for Docs, Sheets, and Slides for a while now. They all opened the respective parts of Google Drive. Simple.

  • enigmaco

    Curious to get this android L update, they are updating their apps with ninja quickness