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Google Sheets introduces enhanced formatting tools, inches closer to Excel parity

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Make photos into spreadsheets with the latest Excel beta on Android

Back in September, Microsoft teased an interesting new feature at its annual Ignite conference: Insert Data from Picture — a combination of OCR (optical character recognition) and AI (unicorn dust) that promises to convert pesky printed material into rows of editable Excel data (the office format of champions). Beta users of Excel for Android were supposed to get the feature "soon," which turned out to be five months later — it's now live, and works pretty well for a first iteration.

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Google Sheets finally supports recording macros, adds row grouping and better spreadsheets printing

Google has announced a series of new features for Sheets today, including macro support and improvements to spreadsheet printing. While Google Sheets has long been perfectly capable of creating and handling basic or even moderately complex spreadsheets, it fails to fully replicate the functionality of Microsoft Excel, making it a nonstarter for most power users. For professional use cases, Excel still reigns supreme, and Google needs to address Sheets' shortcomings if it ever hopes to make it a viable alternative for professional customers.

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Google Sheets Gets A Commenting Feature, More Improvements To Android Chart Management, And 400 New Fonts On Mobile While Docs Gets Some Collaboration Improvements

If there's one place that Google Docs is a market leader, it's where it comes to collaboration. A web app was a natural place to build on the familiar commenting features from Microsoft Word and make them work in real time and without formal software requirements. On the other hand, we don't normally think about spreadsheets in those terms. With the latest updates to Sheets, though, Google is bringing comments to Android and the web.

I know I haven't even thought much about the need for this kind of feature in a spreadsheet app, but in hindsight it makes plenty of sense.

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[APK Download] Google Slides Gets New Forward/Back Notification Controls Plus Better Hangouts Integration While Sheets Gets Much Easier Chart Management

Google is keeping up its fast pace of updates to its office productivity apps, this time with meaningful improvements to both Slides and Sheets for Android. Building on existing presentation abilities, Slides gets notification forward/back toggles as well as an option to watch your audience while presenting to a Hangouts call. Sheets now gives Android users the option to easily edit charts, which were basically view-only previously.

Here's a before and after look at the lockscreen notification that Sheets displays while you present on a second screen/Hangouts call.

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Without those toggles on the notification, you'll be forced to choose to either keep your phone unlocked while presenting or constantly enter your login password/fingerprint/etc.

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Sheets Will Find Interesting Trends In Your Data Automatically With New 'Explore' Function In Latest Update, Several Other New Features Included Too [APK Download]

Anyone who has to pore over data on a regular basis knows that it's a best practice to look at some graphs, run basic descriptive statistics, and just generally play around to make sure you aren't missing anything obvious and to assure yourself that there are no mistakes in data entry. This can get really repetitive and sometimes corners get cut. Google is trying to make it easier for you as they have automated the process in Sheets for Android and the web.

All you have to do in the Android app is tap "Explore" in the overflow menu. After that, you'll be presented with a series of charts with summary information to let you know what Google thought you would find interesting.

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Microsoft Releases A Preview Of Office For Android Tablets, And You Can Sign Up Today To Try It Out

There's a pretty basic version of Microsoft Office available for Android in the Play Store, but you won't have much luck trying to install that on anything much larger than a Galaxy Note or Nexus 6. For tablets, the company has something different in the works, and it's now ready to give out tastes to Android users who are eager enough to sign up and get in line.

This comes as Microsoft is touting the ability to use Office on every device. The software giant is pushing updated Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps to the iPhone. It also has touch-optimized versions on the way for Windows 10.

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A New Version Of Google Sheets Is Now Available With Offline Support, Speed Improvements, And Many New Features

Google has rebuilt Sheets, the spreadsheet-related portion of its online office suite, and is making the new version available immediately. None of these changes directly affect the Android version of the app, but given that this is the desktop browser-based companion to what Google would consider the platform's best spreadsheet editor, it may be time to give the service another go if you aren't already a committed user. The new version of Sheets comes with a range of new features, including offline support. Now users can work offline and have their files automatically update after reconnecting.

The new Google Sheets can handle millions of cells spread across any number of rows and columns.

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Quickoffice Updates Its Android Apps, Adds Spellcheck, Line Spacing, Chart And Table Support, And More

Just when you thought Quickoffice was becoming out of touch with its user base (specifically, with their wallets) the company has released a fairly major update to its two main Android apps.

Specifically, both Quickoffice Pro and Quickoffice Pro HD were today updated to version 5.5.32. The update brings more than a number bump, though; here's the official list of new features:

** PDF ***

  • Add/edit/remove comments
  • Select text and highlight
  • Insert shapes

** DOCUMENTS ***

  • Spellcheck
  • Display charts in .docx
  • Edit line spacing
  • Create and edit tables

** PRESENTATIONS ***

  • Insert numbered lists
  • Display groups of items
  • Duplicate slides in PPTX
  • Insert and rotate extended set of shapes

** IN SPREADSHEETS ***

  • Move, resize and delete charts in spreadsheets
  • Update charts when referenced data is changed in spreadsheets

Though the press release, interestingly enough, is not to be released until next Monday, the updated apps are available now.

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