Google Updates Its Mobile Office Apps With Better Security, New Features

test4[1]Google continued to be the bane of mobile office app developers this week with a series of updates to the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for iOS and Android.

In addition to adding support for the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor, Google has also improved support for  screen-reading services like TalkBack on Android and VoiceOver on iOS, enabling the visually impaired to better create, edit, and share files.

But most importantly, Google is also adding a slew of new features. For example, the Android apps now support offline printing as well as real-time spell-checking. You can also now add speaker notes to a slideshow in the Slides app, hide rows and columns in spreadsheets, and group shapes in presentations.

These updates are rolling out now, so look for them in Google Play and in iTunes (Docs, Sheets, Slides), and download the new versions as they become available.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Juli Monroe22 January, 2015

    If only they would add word count. I use Docs when I write on my iPad on-the-go, and it annoys me that I don’t have a word count. If I know I’m close to a break point, I’ll write a bit longer than if I don’t have a clue how much I’ve written.

    1. Nate Hoffelder23 January, 2015

      It is useful, yes. The Google Docs web interface has it, so I wonder why they haven’t added it to the apps?


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