Google Releases Docs and Sheets Apps for Android and iOS
Google today made available stand-alone Google Docs and Google Sheets applications for mobile devices running Android and iOS, including smartphones and tablets. Previously, Docs and Sheets were bundled inside the Google Drive application. The free applications allow users to create, open, and edit documents and spreadsheets; share documents with others; work online or offline; and add/respond to comments. Documents and spreadsheets will automatically be saved as they are created and synced to users' online Google Drive for safekeeping. Google Docs and Google Sheets for Android and iOS are free, though Google does charge nominal fees for online storage. Google said its Google Drive product can still be used to organize and open/edit Docs and Sheets, as well. A mobile slideshow presentation app will be available soon. Google continues to offer QuickOffice, which can be used to open/edit Google documents, as well as Microsoft Office documents.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Google Hits Refresh on Docs, Sheets, Slides for Android
Google has updated all three of its Android productivity apps with a focus on notifications. For example, people will now see notifications within their Google Drive Android app whenever someone mentions them in a comment or shares a document with them directly.