Google updates Drive and Chrome for iOS and Android, lets you edit spreadsheets now

Google updates Drive and Chrome for iOS and Android, lets you edit spreadsheets now
Google issued updates for two of its more recent apps, the Chrome browser, and the Google Drive command center. While Chrome's update for Android mostly includes under-the-hood stuff like "stability fixes and performance improvements," the iOS version rings in PDF support, works with Passbook now, and can render additional text encodings.

The larger update went for Google Drive, which was just integrated with Gmail to allow you sending up to 10 GB attachments. The app now allows you spreadsheet creation and editing on both platforms, giving the other office apps a run for their money.

Other than that, the new Drive for Android rings in "editing contents of tables in Google Docs editor, formatting is maintained when copy/pasting within Google Docs, single tap to enter edit mode in Google Docs editor, add a shortcut to Drive files/folders to your homescreen for quick access and Send Link now supports copying link to clipboard," whereas for iOS we get "upload to Drive from other apps using “Open in…”, manage upload progress and see recent uploads in new Uploads section, rich text copy-paste within a document, improved speed and stability, improved contact search for sharing" and the all-important bug fixes.

Google Drive: iOS | Android
Chrome: iOS | Android



1. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I'm still sad about the absence of Flash in Chrome for Android. Love the syncing but the instability gives me diabetes. Going to check out the update now.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Find the latest apk online and install. Then get Firefox Beta - I have flash capability on my Nexus 7 now, because of this method. Should work with any JB OS phone/tablet, but it may not.

2. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Teet-for-tat... Microsoft is going all aggro on advertising for Bing vs Google Search, meanwhile; Google's dropped a time bomb on Microsoft's ubiquitous productivity capabilities. I think I'm gonna go gt me some popcorn while the competition heats up.

4. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Try using Office Mobile or Office 365 before talking out of your backside.

5. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Aww, that's cute. Here, let me get you some Preparation H for that butt-hurt you apparently have going on. Regardless of which is better, competition is competition which only makes products better in the long run. Other than that, you seem to have missed that my comment is more about the two companies' competition between themselves then advocating any mobile office suite as better than the other. Run along now. Go have mommy take a look a that bottom.

6. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Oh, here, I think I see your problem. Let me help you out. u·biq·ui·tous- Adjective: Present, appearing, or found everywhere: "his ubiquitous influence". Synonyms: omnipresent Microsoft... they have a firm foothold on productivity across the globe and on all manner of platforms. Hence, use of ubiquitous. Maybe you thought I meant something else by it. As far as use of time bomb in reference to Google's products... It has the potential to explode at a later time. That seems to sum up Google's productivity offering as it stands right now. There's potential there, but not quite ready yet. Does that help clarify things for you?

3. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Chrome==blazing fast,but buggy. firefox==slow,but reliable. IE==forgot it. browse on chrome,do serious stuff on firefox..

7. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I prefer Opera Mobile, as I also use the Opera desktop browser as well. Chrome for Android is lacking.

9. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Is it weird that Chrome works better on iOS than on Android? :X

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