Today, Google announced that it is offering a number of updates to its Docs, Spreadsheets and Slides mobile apps – including Smart Compose. Applications will also receive some minor updates, including Dark Mode (yay).
Smart Compose is probably the most useful of the new additions. Although the feature has been available in Gmail for years and in the web version of Docs for a while, this will be the first time it will be available in mobile applications. According to the preview images, the text of Smart Compose will appear as gray words next to what you write. You can fill in your sentences with the text by dragging it. Google boasts that this feature saves users 3 billion keystrokes a week and according to my own web use, I believe.
Other features that come with apps include link previews, which means that a small box will appear below links to “titles and descriptions of public relations, together with a visual miniature ”; updated interface for comments and vertical scrolling in Slides. You will also be able to edit Microsoft Office files with Documents, Slides, and Spreadsheets.
Google added in a statement that all of these updates are designed to make life easier for many people who work from home or work under more pressure thanks to the global pandemic: “And with the recent growth of telecommuting, providing all employees – not just those at the forefront – with the flexibility to work in the desired way has become a strategic necessity. “
Also, Dark Mode will be coming to iOS sometime in the coming months – good news for charcoal enthusiasts like me. All features will be available on iOS and Android either in the coming weeks or in the next few months.
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Published on August 5, 2020 – 23:48 UTC