Google Drive update for iOS and Android now lets you edit and collaborate

Google Drive update for iOS and Android now lets you edit and collaborate

Google today announced an update for its Google Drive apps on Android (version and iOS (version 1.1.0). You can download the latest from the official Google Play store and the Apple App Store.

For the uninitiated, Google Drive lets you create, share, and keep all your documents on the Web, as well as Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS. This update is specifically for the last two and actually brings the iOS app closer to the Android app.

Although Google owns Android, the company knows iOS is important and featured it first in its update.

The new version lets you edit Google documents, which is old news for the Android app. Just like on your Mac or PC, you can now also see other people’s edits instantly as they’re made. More interestingly, you can now view Google presentations on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, including speaker notes, full-screen mode, and the ability to swipe between slides. Last but not least, you can create new folders, move files into folders, and upload content like photos and videos from your device directly in the Drive app.

Here’s the full changelog for iOS:

  • Edit Google documents with formatting and collaboration.
  • Edits to your Google documents appear to collaborators in seconds.
  • Richer Google presentations with animations and speaker notes.
  • Create a new folder or Google document.
  • Upload photos and videos from your device or a photo directly from your camera.
  • Move an item to a folder in your Drive.
  • Delete and remove files from your Drive.
  • Drive is now available in over 30 languages.

Now let’s go to Google’s mobile operating system. For both Android phones and tablets, you can now add comments, reply to existing comments, and view tables in your Google documents. Other than that, everything mentioned above regarding new abilities to view presentations and organizing your documents, the Android app can do as well.

Here’s the full changelog for Android:

  • Create folder, upload to folder and move to folder.
  • Filter folder contents by file type.
  • Option to auto-sync pinned content while on 3G.
  • Richer Google Presentations viewing experience.
  • Basic table support in Documents Editor.
  • Create, reply and resolve comments in Documents Editor.
  • View and change fonts in Documents Editor.
  • Pinch to zoom in Documents Editor.
  • Print files using Google Cloud Print.
  • Option to resume interrupted uploads.

What’s next? Google is planning to add at least two major features: native editing and real-time collaboration for Google spreadsheets. There’s no date yet, but we’ll be the first to let you know when it’s live.

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