As the release of Android 12 creeps closer, Google is spreading out its new Material You design language to all the corners of its software kingdom. As of this weekend, that includes the Android version of Google Docs, and its associated Sheets and Slides tools. We're seeing the staggered rollout come in from multiple sources and tipsters.
Pixel owners who've hopped on the Android 12 beta, be aware: the Material You look, with its short-radius curvy shapes, invasion of the Google Sans typeface, and complementary colorsets in muted pastels, is coming to a load of Google Workspace apps in the next several weeks.
Just because you've made the switch to using Google's productivity apps doesn't mean everyone else has. If your school insists on using Office instead, it can be tough to keep all of your files managed in Drive, even with its built-in support for Microsoft's suite. A new update to Docs, Sheets, and Slides makes it much easier to link and view all of your existing documents.
Smart Compose is pretty wild. The feature routinely manages to accurately predict words when writing in Docs or Gmail, and now, the predictive algorithm is making its way into your comments on Sheets, Slides, and Drawings.
If you've been having issues with weird text formatting or just generally been unable to edit Google Docs or Slides for the last day or two, turns out that's A Thing. While we initially didn't know the precise cause or why it's only happening right now, Google Drive Product Manager Remy Burger is pointing at recent changes some adblockers have implemented — so disabling content blockers on Drive, Docs, Slides, and Co. might fix the problem for you.
Google had always been fairly generous with its cloud storage, but that policy finally started to change late last year. In addition to losing out on free high-quality photo uploads, all files created in Drive will begin counting against your total storage allotment on June 1st. While that leaves most of us with just a couple of months left before these changes take effect, Workspace and G Suite users have been granted an extension, moving the date for those accounts to February 1st, 2022.
Google Drive makes it super easy to collaborate with anyone on documents, slideshows, and spreadsheets. Being able to comment on a coworker's project plan or to take feedback on your upcoming presentation helps improve your end result. Outside of email alerts, however, it can be tough to keep track of requests, tasks, and notes on your work inside Drive. To help manage your tasks, Google is adding a notifications tab inside the Drive app for Android that allows you to view activity on every file you have stored in the cloud.
Google Slides makes it really easy to build a professional slideshow, but its presentation mode has always left a lot to be desired. The original toolbar in Slides obstructed text while on screen, displaying every control available at once. Today, Google announced that it's updating the presenter toolbar in Slides, offering a streamlined design that reduces the space it takes away from your slideshow.
Google is set to implement a major change to its consumer cloud storage policy. From June 1, 2021, new files created in Drive — including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard — will count against users' 15GB free allotment and any supplementary Google One storage. This is in addition to attachments in those files, which already do count. The news comes at the same time a similar revamp was announced for Google Photos storage.
As promised just last month, Google is finally bringing editing for Microsoft Office files to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android. That means you'll be able to natively edit, comment, and do work in documents saved in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats easily using those apps. The feature begins rolling out today.