Check Out the Updates Coming to Your Google Drive Apps

Those who use Google Drive on Android have some new options for fine tuning work and connecting with people on the go.

Users can now share recently uploaded content directly from the notification that appears when an upload is complete (pictured above). Just tap “add people” or “share link” to easily send a photo, PDF, or other file.

Google also added support for 23 new languages, including Armenian, Basque, Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Georgian, Khmer, and Malayalam, among others. The update will roll out over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for it in the Google Play store.

The Google Docs app, meanwhile, got an update on Android and iOS.

“When you give others ‘can comment’ access in Docs, any formatting or copy changes they make become suggestions that you can accept, reject, or comment on,” Google said. “Today’s update makes it possible for you to view and act on suggestions from your Android devices and iPhones/iPads, and brings tracked changes and comments to Word files, too.” (Click the image at right to see it in action.)

Those on iPhone and iPad will also be able to edit tables on the go, a feature that is already available on Android.

On Android, spreadsheet users can now move, resize, and delete charts in Sheets and reorder objects to the front or back in Slides on Android. Google also promised faster loading and scrolling when you open PowerPoint presentations from the Slides app.

Meanwhile, Google Handwriting Input is available now in 82 languages for Android.

“Using handwriting as an input method can allow for natural and intuitive input method for text entry which complements typing and speech input methods,” the Google Research Handwriting Team wrote in a blog post. The new service, which works in any Android app, lets users hand-write text on a phone or tablet; it works with printed or cursive writing, with or without a stylus. And makes it fun to create your own emojis.

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