New features to Google G-Suite; Know More

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Google is upgrading its office software for G Suite users on mobile devices, adding new features to the Slides, Docs and Sheets apps that will make it easier to get the job done on the smartphone itself.

The improvements are mainly visual and include a preview feature for links and a new interface for comments. With the latest updates, Dark Mode will also be available for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Read on to find out more about the updates:

Link previews in Docs

Rather than having to exit the app, you’ll now be shown a dynamic card with details when you tap a link in the Docs app. The data includes titles, weblink descriptions and thumbnails along with the latest Drive file activity and owner information. It’s currently available on iOS and will be arriving on Android in a few weeks.

Navigation of comments in Docs, Sheets and Slides have been improved

You can now select comments from a single unified interface, instead of having to pick each comment individually from the document. Available now on Android, the update will be coming to iOS in the next few months.

Vertical Slide Navigation

In Slides, now you can scroll through the slideshows vertically, using pinch-and-zoom to look at content. The move will make reading presentations on the go simpler and quicker and makes it ideal for last-minute preparations. It will be available in the coming weeks on Android, and in the coming months on iOS.

Smart compose comes to Docs

Smart Compose definitely saves time for the regular users of the software. The tool, which is AI-enabled was introduced by Google in Gmail in 2018 and then in Docs on the web in 2019. Expect this update immediately for Docs on iOS and Android.

Editing Microsoft Office on Sheets, Slides and Docs.

Last year Google made the editing of Microsoft Office files on the web smoother for G Suite users. In the coming weeks, the same feature will come to mobile Docs, Slides and Sheets apps on Android. It can be expected on the iOS device later this year.

Most of these add-ons simply introduce existing desktop features to the smartphone, which has traditionally been the way Google rolls out new G Suite tools.