The official Google Docs app for Android just got a pretty nice update today which brings a bunch of new options which all fall under the header of offline mode, as well as a small update for tablet users.The offline mode options are the meat of this update, so we'll tackle those first. Setting certain docs for offline use works the same way as offline mode in Google Music - you choose the files that you want to have access to offline through the item menu on each file, then the file will be downloaded. Of course, since Docs is all about changing files where Music is just straight syncing, there are more options. You have the ability to edit, rename and star offline files, and those changes will sync automatically when you are on a WiFi connection. It is also possible to manage offline docs and see when a doc is out of date. The other update is a minor one, which improves "reading experience" on Android tablets. This means that docs will no longer open in a phone-friendly layout, … [Read more...] about Google Docs gets offline mode and improved tablet viewing
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"Sure, Chromebooks are fine for schools and other simple stuff, but you can't actually use 'em for work — can you?"As someone who's written about Google's Chrome OS platform since the start, that's a question I've heard more times than I can count. So I set out to get some current perspective on the answer.For context, Chromebooks have actually played a significant role in my personal life for years. While I use a Windows desktop system in my office during the workday, I rely on a Chromebook for pretty much anything else that isn't well suited to a phone — after-hours typing, weekend bill-paying, light work away from my desk, and so on. I've taken Chromebooks with me to handle work while I travel, too, but it's been a while — and boy, oh boy, has a lot changed.One of those things is the now-widespread availability of Android apps on Chrome OS. The current Chromebook I personally own and most recently traveled with is the original Chromebook Pixel, and it's (a) not a … [Read more...] about Reality check: Can you use a Chromebook for work?
The Google Docs team has been busy, with another significant update to the Android app just weeks after the last one brought offline documents and an improved tablet experience to the platform. This time around the headline feature is real-time collaboration, although a host of improvements are in order.That’s not to sell the collaboration feature short – now when you share a Google Doc with other people, the Android app will update changes being made in real-time, just like the desktop version. Tap the shared document and you too can partake in the communal document editing fun!The new version also rich text formatting, better layout and cursor tools, and a native Android document editor. The native editor is a bigger feature than you might suspect; earlier versions of the Docs app left you editing on the mobile web version of the Google Docs page, which was often sluggish to respond. With a native editor everything is much more responsive, and the native cursor and … [Read more...] about Google Docs for Android gets another big update
Google has released standalone apps for its office suite: Google Docs (Word alternative), Google Sheets (Excel alternative), and Google Slides (PowerPoint alternative) arrive with offline viewing and editing baked in. There’s quite a history with Google’s office suite: the company first launched a unified Google Docs package, then rebranded it to Google Drive, mixing it up with full-on cloud storage functionality, and now, by releasing Docs, Sheets, and Slides, it distances them from Drive, leaving the latter appearing as a cloud file management box, similar to say, Dropbox.With the new Docs, Sheets, and Slides, Google brings more recognition to its office suiteThe three apps remain heavily integrated with Drive, of course, but graduating into standalone applications they will get more recognition. Simple fact is that not everyone was aware that Drive actually features a full-on office suite, and that could have been a force driving such a decision.Slightly confusing, … [Read more...] about Google releases standalone Docs and Sheets (Word and Excel alternatives) apps for Android and iOS
Google – we've all heard the name and used the company's plethora of services. You know, services like Google Search, Google Maps, GMail, YouTube, and many more. Google's goodies aren't exclusive to Android smartphones and tablets, however. Not all know that many of the apps and services that Android users get to enjoy on their handsets are available on other platforms, including Apple's iOS. Better yet, Google is offering them at no charge to users of Apple's mobile platform. If you're willing to give them a try, here's a list of 20 Google apps and services that you can enjoy from your iPhone or iPad. 20 Google apps available on iOS 20 Google apps available on iOS 1. Google Maps Do we really need to introduce Google Maps? Probably not as it is the most well-known app of its kind. It contains comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories, voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking and walking, and live traffic condition data that can help you avoid … [Read more...] about 20 Google apps and services available on iOS