Finally! Google Drive is receiving an update today that allows mobile users to view and edit spreadsheets in a native editor. That only took forever! There are a few other features, too, but give us a moment to bask in the glory of native spreadsheet editing. Ahhh. Ready? Let's continue.


I have seen the glory of the coming of the spreadsheet.

In addition to this lovely new native editor, you can now also edit tables within Docs. You know, in the event you can peel yourself away from wonderful spreadsheets for even a moment! There are also a couple of new tweaks that have been added to help make things a little nicer for you. Here's the full changelog:

1. Edit Google spreadsheets in new native editor
2. Edit contents of tables in Google Docs editor
3. Formatting is maintained when copy/pasting within Google Docs
4. Single tap to enter edit mode in Google Docs editor
5. Add a shortcut to Drive files/folders to your homescreen for quick access
6. Send Link now supports copying link to clipboard

The big deal here is obviously the native spreadsheet editor (did you hear there's a native spreadsheet editor? I don't think I've said it enough), but the even bigger deal is that Drive is that much closer to being usable on a tablet. And that makes Android one step closer to being a real, grown-up productivity platform. Today is a good day.

And also the most anyone's been excited about editing spreadsheets in years.

Source: Android Blog

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    this update is so new that for me its in limbo. Sometimes updates come and the play store will say it exists but won't allow for me to download it (usually takes a few min. longer for me to get the "update" button or for my phone to just download it.)

    • marcusmaximus04

      "Google Drive is receiving an update today"

      To me that implies that this update hasn't actually been posted to the play store yet.

      • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

        I'm downloading it now.

        • marcusmaximus04

          Ya, figured out forcing it through the web version of the play store works.

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        more specifically it probably didn't roll out to everyone just yet. I've since updated it so it's all good

  • Alex

    Yaay! The google drive app has really bad design...

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      how so? granted it's a bit dated but does that == bad?

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        I'm currently redesigning the app using modern navigational structure's in Android. It has a sidebar (to navigate folders and the sidebar in Drive on the web), a slightly different look, and is generally updated and much, much better. You realise how bad an app is when you redesign it completely, from the ground up.

        I use Illustrator and Photoshop btw :)

        • connormxy

          It already has a sidebar no? Or rather, at least on tablets.

          • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

            Look at the G+ app, then look at the Drive app. My redesign is very much like the G+ app, in terms of the sidebar.

      • Alex

        For me yes, feels like the app is on a G1

  • http://www.facebook.com/dosdroid Damián-Ondřej Šulista

    YESSSSSS!!!! FINALLY.. now just presenations and it's complete!!!

  • wjrandon

    Spreadsheet editing?


    • Liviu Anca

      But that's not all. You ca do it in a "native spreadsheet editor"

  • RedPandaAlex

    Adding a shortcut to files and folders from your homescreen is pretty boss too.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel


  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    It's a bid odd considering I would think Spreadsheets are easier to implement than word processing, but alas it's here! :D

  • helfone

    How the f*** do I add more than 100 rows? I have a spreadsheet with 116 rows that I've had for a while. Now I cant use the document because I cant add more rows to it. Damn this update sucks. I hate google drive and I hate that I use that piece of s*** every day!

    • marcusmaximus04

      Hmm? I'm making changes to row 109 *right now* in one of my spreadsheets using it. For me it blocks at 113, which I suppose still wouldn't help you.

    • jammer

      Did you try inserting rows?

  • Bleakvision

    Wow, I am for the life of me not able to reference another cell in a formula other than to type its name. Calling this editor rudimentary would be overstating it. Text documents still direct me to the browser to "edit" them. Doc filles won't even open anymore (heard of that before). What a waste of my time.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      "Text documents still direct me to the browser to "edit" them."

      Shouldn't do...it's had a native editor for ages.

      • Bleakvision

        Ah my bad. Viewing it is also opening editing mode, without giving any notice of that before you click into the text, apparently. Thanks Google for making an embarrassment of myself :)

        Well, what I did was opening it and upon thinking that I was in a viewer, I pressed menu and then "open in browser".

    • marcusmaximus04

      "I am for the life of me not able to reference another cell in a formula other than to type its name."

      I tested out and was able to put in a SUM formula by manually typing it out(specifically "=SUM(D:D)"). You sure you're typing out the syntax correctly?

      Also, docs are working fine here(although .doc/.docx files are opening in another doc viewer app)

  • scuttlefield

    Too awesome! I just edited a spreadsheet on my phone and didn't feel like I wanted to destroy it!

    • Mapplegate

      I did the same thing and was shocked! I'm so happy with this update :D

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        +1 I finally can update my Accounts spreadsheet on my phone more cleanly!

  • http://twitter.com/theineffablebob Anthony Lim

    What does this update do?

  • Attila Wiszmeg

    Wohoo, about bloody time o/

    Now it's actually perfectly usuable even on a phone.
    Thumbs up, Google!!

  • Steve Green

    I thought a desktop link to a document would be nice, but it only works for documents you created not ones shared to you. This rules out the running grocery list my household keeps as another person shared it to me.

  • Guirae Jang

    been waiting for this for SO long. yuus.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    I should really wait to try it before commenting but who cares.... I just wish I had known about it a few hours ago - when I actually needed to compile a spreadsheet, gave up with the phone and tablet and had to GET OUT OF BED! To get my laptop and do it online :/

  • Cédric Tremblay

    Too bad I can't seem to get over the lagginess of Docs edit on my Nexus 7.
    I expected to use my N7 as my main writing device, but holy cat, way to laggy.
    I have to wait for every letter I type in.

  • DaveS

    Come on guys, the functionality is so low its no more than a toy right now.

  • Chris

    Can you open .xlsx filesv with it?

  • deltatux

    That's great, now I wish it had offline editing so that whenever I'm in no-internet spots, I can still edit my documents and save them offline... until then, I'm using OfficeSuite Pro on my ASUS Transformer Pad Prime....

  • badass

    interface looks like the outlook.com app from microsoft!! phew

  • https://plus.google.com/117125023630262605212 Kelly

    Finally! Can't wait to try it out! Maybe now I won't have to switch between Drive and Docs to Go when editing on mobile.