Google Docs and Sheets updates bring a wealth of features, including Word and Excel compatibility


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Both Google Docs and Google Sheets have just received rather sizable updates, bringing a ton of features and editing capabilities to the table, together with some major interface changes. These updates are just starting to roll out, and should hit your device in the coming days.

For Google Docs, all of the standard features you've come to expect are still present, along with a horde of others. The ability to edit Word documents (as well as export as Word) directly from the app is probably the most important change. This was feature was detailed during Google I/O last week, so it's nice to see it become available so soon. 


The sheer volume of new features included in the new Google Docs app is impressive, and they give you enough options to easily take care of business on the go. With heavy control over text and style of your document, there's little need to use a computer with the productivity tools at your disposal here. In a very real sense, Google has crammed the most important parts of Quickoffice into Docs.


Need to dive deep into spreadsheets? Google Sheets has you covered. Users will get the ability to create, edit, and export Excel spreadsheets with an all-new streamlined interface. 

There's now an always-available option to add functions to your sheet. You'll also get much of the same control over text formatting found within the documents app.


Of course since both Docs and Sheets are Google apps, multiple people can be working on the same document at the same time, with all changes saving automatically. Users can also work offline at any time and have the document will save immediately when connected to the Internet. 

Design-wise, both apps are getting closer to Google's new Material Design aesthetic that will be coming to all of its services and apps this fall. Both share a color-coated action bar (as they did before the update) and the floating 'add document' option that just begs you to tap it. 

The app updates are rolling out now, in stages. If the Play store doesn't have the latest version for you yet, you can wait a few days, or hunt down the APK and sideload it.. 

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