Major Google Docs for Android update rolling out, brings Android L support and much more

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: July 1, 2014

Google Docs for Android update Android L Developer Preview

Google typically rolls out updates for its apps on Wednesdays, but apparently this new version of Google Docs for Android is just so big that El Goog couldn’t wait another day to share it.

As noted by Android Police, Google is now pushing out a major update to the Google Docs app for Android. This update makes the app play nicely with the Android L Developer Preview, includes some user interface tweaks and also allows users to create and edit Microsoft Word documents. The full list of changes looks like this:

  • Fewer persistent icons in action bar
  • Floating new document button
  • Adds dictionary permissions for better spellcheck and corrections (also can add words to dictionary more easily)
  • New account selection drop-down style
  • Create and edit Word docs
  • New details page
  • File list differentiates between Word and Docs files
  • New editing UI
  • Open files from device storage
  • Send files as PDF or Word

That’s a pretty significant update, no? The two big inclusions are the Word document creation and editing and the Android L support, the latter of which is exciting news for those folks that took the plunge and installed Android L on their Nexus 5 or Nexus 7. While developers are technically the only ones that should be running the Android L Developer Preview, I’m sure that there are a lot of non-devs out there that just couldn’t wait for the public release, so they installed the preview as well. Kudos to Google to quickly pushing out an update to make Docs play nicely with the preview release of L.

If you don’t feel like waiting for this new version of Google Docs to roll out to your device, you can hit up the Android Police link below to sideload it right this second. If you do, be sure to share your impressions of the update with us in the comments section!

Via Android Police, Google Play: Google Docs