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Google updates Google Drive and Chrome apps for iOS and Android

Google has updated their Google Drive and Chrome apps on both the platforms.

The new Google Drive app gets a slew of new features but the biggest one is the ability to edit spreadsheet within the apps, which makes it so much more useful now.

Other changes in the app include:

Edit contents of tables in Google Docs editor
Formatting is maintained when copy/pasting within Google Docs
Single tap to enter edit mode in Google Docs editor
Add a shortcut to Drive files/folders to your homescreen for quick access
Send Link now supports copying link to clipboard

As for the iOS version of the app, the following changes have been introduced

Create, edit and collaborate on spreadsheets
Upload to Drive from other apps using “Open in…”
Manage upload progress and see recent uploads in new Uploads section

Rich text copy-paste within a document
Improved speed and stability
Improved contact search for sharing

Bug fixes

The Chrome app didn’t get as many updates. According to Google’s change log, the Android version gets stability fixes and performance improvements. The iOS version gets ability to open PDF files in other apps, Passbook support, text encoding detection and other performance improvements.

In my opinion, Chrome still lags behind the stock browser on either platforms in terms of performance, and I don’t mean just page loading speed. It’s especially bad on Android, with all that stuttering and blanking out every time you scroll, even on powerful devices. Having said that, it has come a long way since it first released, so hopefully it can catch up to the stock browser in terms of performance some day. Especially now that Google is replacing the stock browser with it in Nexus devices.

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Google Drive: iOS | Android
Chrome: iOS | Android

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