Google I/O is barely under way and already Google is dropping news that would be considered huge on any other day. The latest – the third piece of the Google Drive app troika has been announced. Presentation app Slides is now live in the Play Store.

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Just like the previously released Docs and Sheets apps, this one plugs into Google Drive to give you full editing and document creation capability using Google's presentation tool. It can work with Google's file format, or in a slightly more limited fashion with Microsoft PowerPoint files, as was announced earlier. It's free, of course, so go for it.

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  • Ian

    Just wanted to say "1st!!" That is all, carry on...

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  • Alex Coldstone Simon

    The way the create '+' is looks like Android "L". The way it is just floating above the document selector.

    • PhilNelwyn

      Yeah, like in the Google+ app.

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/metallinatus Metallinatus

    So it won't be a "part" of Driver that will suddenly appear in your phone after an update like the other two apps and Google Photos (as part of G+)?

    That is actually kinda sad for me....

    • miri

      Docs and sheets didn't auto install. It just prompted you to download them when you tried to create a document.

      • http://steamcommunity.com/id/metallinatus Metallinatus

        Was it? Maybe I am just bad on my memories then.

        • sdcoiner76

          Yep, it would ask you if you wanted to install them.

    • gmaninvan

      ew no. Separate apk's is way better. More control. The G+ example you give is something that actually drives me nuts. Google Photos and Google+ should be two completely separate things. Google photos is basically just picasa web merged with snapseed.

  • Guest

    there is also the android tv remote

  • Finnished

    No option to cast to Chromecast? At least I couldn't find

    • Crispin Swickard

      Since you can cast the whole screen in L there might not be a total need. Or it might just not be there unless your doing an actual presentation.

      • gmaninvan

        Casting the screen is not a replacement for a proper cast button. I don't need my status bar on the screen, nor do I want to be locked into looking at the presentation on my device while it is casting. I bet it comes in an update

  • Finnished

    If you long-press the presentation a laser pointer appears.

  • Aeronn

    4:20 haha

  • Deckard_Cain

    I don't understand why Google Docs doesn't support odf

    • gmaninvan

      I would like to see this too. You can download as odt. I would imagine it is demand. There are not a huge amount of openoffice users out there.

  • Irfan Hamid

    they really really need to merge docs, sheets and this into a single app...an office suite. and then merge it with google drive properly :p. merge them too :p

    • gmaninvan

      That is exactly the opposite of what they are doing and is totally the wrong approach. Instead of having one bloated app, I would rather have separate apps that can update independently. It also opens the door for drive to essentially become a default file manager app for android with other apps being able to tie in.

      Why don't you just create a folder? That would actually be more convenient....

  • EE-EHN

    Look EXTREMELY limited so far. No Chromecast support, no ability to change the template, no image support, no transitions... Needs a lot more work to be a functional app

    • EE-EHN

      Actually, if you open a POWER POINT (Not a Google Docs one but an actual PowerPoint) you get more options for some reason. Image support is there, the transitions work (can't figure out if you can change them on the device though), there is a long press laser pointer and some better layout options when creating a new slide. Also it retains your template which is nice.

      Not sure why these features are missing from the Google Presentations though. It doesn't make much sense to me.

      • gmaninvan

        This being limited is ok. The reason it was broken out into a separate app is just for this purpose. To be able to develop it independently. Feature rollouts will probably be pretty swift.

        As for Powerpoint, the reason the functionality is there is because they merged in quickoffice which already did this.

  • gmaninvan

    I like how it uses the new material design. I don't get how, releasing this app now, it doesn't support the chromecast. This would be probably the single most useful use of a chromecast.

    Go to a meeting, plug the chromecast into the tv, present. Done.

    Make this happen sooner than later Google. That was dumb not to include that out of the gate.