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. (more…)
As QuickOffice quietly moves towards obsoletion, Google is doing its darnedest to integrate all of the deprecated app’s features into its office suite. If today’s massive updates to Docs and Sheets are any indication, the team is nearly finished. (more…)
While Google Drive is a centralized hub for storing and editing your documents in the cloud, Google wanted to make it easier for users to access specific types of documents while on the go. To do this, the company has released updated standalone applications for Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. From now on, users can access their data sheets or word documents all from their own respective applications. (more…)
As a student, I think one of Microsoft Office’s greatest assets is its ecosystem of third-party plugins. When I’m writing a research paper, integrated encyclopedia look-up and custom dictionaries are a godsend. Google apparently recognizes their utility, too; today, the company announced the launch of add-ons for Docs and Sheets. (more…)
Say what you want about Google+, but the Hangouts might be the biggest plus (pun fully intended) to Google’s attempt at social networking. In the beginning it was just for video chatting with a few of your friends, but then you could watch Youtube videos for some added fun. Now Google decided you and your friends should get to work and added in Google Docs support. While video chatting with your co-workers or buddies you can all work on a document at the same time. Google says you can do trip planning or lecture notes, but we all know there will be lots of doodling and other fun things that will come from this.
Via: Robin Schriebman (Google+)
Can you think of a cooler release than Google Docs getting the ability update in real-time from multiple users on multiple devices in a document? Maybe if it also poured beer, but for now, this will have to do. In the latest Google Docs update for Android, you and your crew can edit documents from anywhere with a tablet, phone, or computer and see it all happen in real-time. While editing with multiple users, you can see exactly who is in the document and what and where they are typing. It works seamlessly too. (more…)
Google apparently read our piece on there needing to be better Android tablet apps, including one of their own, Google Docs. Today, if you jump into the market and check for updates, you should find one for one of the most popular cloud-based document services in all the land. And if you have a tablet, your experience will be much more “high-res” and not stretched, to put it nicely. For all devices though, you will enjoy the ability to access files while offline. If you happen to edit those offline files, they will be automatically updated once you connect to WiFi. Thanks, Google. (more…)
Both Google Reader and Google Docs have updates available in the market as of the last hour. Each received an Ice Cream Sandwich makeover of sorts that includes swiping between stories or document categories, the same sharing options as you will see on new web versions, and prettier widgets. To be honest, the Reader update doesn’t look all that different, but the new Docs version most definitely resembles the look of G+ which was also recently updated.
Market Links: Google Reader | Docs