Google Docs for Android adds in some needed features for editing Office files


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The Google Docs app is getting some needed updates to keep pace with increased competition from Office for Android.

Most of the features are targeted at editing in Office Compatibility Mode, which lets you work on a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file saved in your Google Drive.

With the update you can now select, cut, copy and paste text, images, and charts. The text pasting is rather essential—it's surprising to see Google just now adding the feature.

The other new feature is also long overdue: the ability to add links into the text inside of a Google Doc. It’s rather necessary if you do any writing for the web or need to add in links for a research report.

The updates are making the usual gradual rollout through the Google Play Store.

The impact on you: These are important updates if you use the Google Docs app frequently, especially for editing Office files. Now that there are dedicated apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Android tablets, Docs will need to keep pace so your eyes don’t wander over to Microsoft’s alternatives.

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