Google announced today that it’s closing out 2014 with some big news for anyone that uses their Android phone for tablet for work.
Updates for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are rolling out to Android users now with some new features for each app. Here’s the rundown of what goodies you can expect to find after updating:
- Support for opening and editing Microsoft Office files directly inside of Docs, Sheets and Slides.
- Suggest edits for other users’ documents that can be accepted or rejected.
- Access and create Docs, Sheets and Slides documents without a data connection.
- Crop images and add borders in Docs, Slides and Drawings; connect images in Slides and Drawings; recolor, change opacity and add effects in Slides.
- Typing an asterisk in Docs and Slides will automatically convert it to a bullet.
- Copy and paste charts between spreadsheets Slides.
- Add trendlines in Slides, miniature charts in individual cells.
- Add-on tools in Docs and Sheets for things like printing mailing labels and adding MLA-approved citations.
- Add borders and backgrounds to tables and merge cells.
- Improved support for blind and low-vision users, including easier screen reader use, better text-to-voice verbalization and improvements to keyboard navigation.
These updates are already going out to users; I’ve already grabbed them on my Android phone. If you use Docs, Sheets, Slides or Forms on your Android device, hit up Google Play now to see if the updates are waiting for you.