Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides have all received some love today, though the visual changes here are minor. For the most part, these apps were already all material-ed up, and while this update does dot some i's and cross some t's, it doesn't quite leave us satisfied. Fortunately that's not all there is to see here.
Let's get the biggest visual tweak out of the way first. Yes, Google has changed the hamburger menu icon in the action bar.
The downside to cloud services is that they're of absolutely no use when they're not available. Today Google Docs, Drive, Sheets, and Slides have all been unavailable for some of the people that have come to depend on them.
Google is aware of the issue, and it's showing a service disruption for each service on its apps status dashboard page. This is delineated in the screenshot below by the presence of an orange icon next to Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
We knew big changes were coming to Google's office suite with the announcement that QuickOffice was shutting down, but we didn't expect it this fast. Not only does today's Docs update fix that Android L incompatibility, it adds a ton of new features. Hold on to your butts.
April was a big month for Android apps, especially if you like yours to come directly from Google. We've also got admirable entries from big web names like Dropbox and IFTTT, as well as surprising applications from smaller developers. This is the cream of the crop of Android apps for last month, plus a few honorable mentions, in no particular order.
Good grief, Google, you guys took your sweet time with this one.
With people relying on Google's office suite more extensively as a result of its Android integration or the inability to use much of anything else on a Chromebook, the company needs to do more to fill in the gaps in the software's functionality. So now the company has rolled out add-ons support for Google Docs and Sheets (the new version). Similar to browser extensions, these tools provide additional features and third-party integration that enhance what the two programs are capable of.
Google is rolling out support for 18 new languages for Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides today, bringing the total up to a whopping 65. Users can switch back and forth between languages as often as they want, and collaboration is supported across languages. The new additions are supported on mobile devices as well, so shoot your long distance friend an invite and give the new languages as go.
The new languages are:
Chinese (Hong Kong)
Spanish (Latin America)
To change the language on your computer, simply click the gear icon within Google Drive and select Settings.
Google I/O is coming! We'll know about all of Google's new projects in just 2 short agonizingly long weeks. While we desperately count the days until May 15th, we thought it would be a great idea to take stock all of the things we've caught wind of lately.
Calling this an "I/O Preview," sounds a little too certain. I'm not predicting everything here will come out at I/O, this is just a list of everything we know Google is working on - their "To-Do" list.
Today, with the official release of the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 HSPA+, Google has released the Android 4.2 SDK, "a new and improved Jelly Bean."
Along with the SDK release, Google has made available SDK Tools r21, the Android NDK, and of course some helpful API documents. Highlighting some of the benefits of the new SDK (and, by extension, Android 4.2), Google touts "Renderscript computation directly in the GPU" for the Nexus 10, "a first for any mobile computation platform," lock screen widgets, Daydream, incredibly enhanced support for external displays, and optimizations for international users.
Before I get your hopes up, no they haven't improved spreadsheets yet. However, that is on the way. What is arriving now, though, is the ability to add comments to your documents, view tables, and improved Google presentations viewing support. You'll even get speaker notes and the ability to swipe between slides.
There are more features on their way. Here at Android Police HQ, we've been eagerly awaiting proper spreadsheet editing (which is currently horrible to an unusable degree), and Google has seen fit to name check that very feature in its "More to come..." section.
Google Drive just saw its first update since back in April when it shed the Docs nametag. The update is relatively minor, but still brings some worthwhile enhancements and tweaks:
Quickly find files that have been recently opened, edited or shared with you
Upload/Download all file types to/from your Google Drive
Selecting contacts to share with is easier
Faster navigation of folders when syncing in the background
Choose text alignment in the documents editor
Frequent users of the Drive app will surely take pleasure in the faster navigation while sync is in progress, as the app could get quite sluggish at times; the ability to upload all file types is definitely a welcome improvement and one more step in Google's quest to take out cloud storage heavyweight Dropbox.