Starting today, users of the Google Docs app will see an update arrive in the Play Store. The update benefits users of the Office Compatibility Mode and those who have be trying to insert links into documents.
When it comes to productivity, users are always looking for ways to cut out unnecessary steps in their workflows. On mobile devices, one way developers address this need is to integrate apps with each other so the end user is not forced to jump around between different apps. An example of this is the integration between Microsoft Office apps and Dropbox which was rolled out to some mobile devices last fall. A piece that was missing, integration on the Android tablet versions of these apps, has been eliminated with an update that was announced today.
Office suites are nothing new to Android, but they have definitely come a long way. Since the late 1980s, Kingsoft has developed and operated a successful office suite. Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheets have been at the heart of Kingsoft Office for years. Now, the office suite has a name that matches its focus. WPS Office is Kingsoft Office repackaged, and it is as beautiful and useful as ever.
The app is fully capable of being used on a phone, but Kingsoft has optimized it for tablets. This review will be performed solely from a phone. Hit the break for more.
The aptly named Forms arm of Google Drive has been updated today. The update focuses on search, management, and URLs. Underneath the Help tab, Forms has a new search bar to find things a lot easier. The shortcut to cue the search bar is “Alt+/.” The management tools have to do with the questions included and they can now be shuffled and given a limited amount of responses. Finally, users can share a form with a short URL provided by Google.
Source: Google Drive Blog (Official)
The Google Drive suite keeps getting more and more productive. Today, Google is introducing two new features focusing on Sheets. Users can implement a trendline after inputting data and composing a graph. If you are having a hard time getting a trendline to appear, Google has supplied a support page with directions. There are options to tailor trendlines to your specific needs, so do not feel restricted to a single design. The other feature that Google has brought to Sheets is the ability to move charts around. By copy and pasting a chart, you can relocate it to another spreadsheet.
Source: Google Drive (Google+)
Todoist has received an update today that adds Android 4.4 KitKat, Google Now, and DashClock widget support. When we reviewed it last spring, we had an issue with the productivity of actually setting a reminder. But now, the integration with Google Now seems to fix that. Simply call-up Google Now and say “note to…” followed by your task/reminder. And to remind you yet again of what is on your agenda, there is integration to place a DashClock widget on your lockscreen. To get your hands on the productive update, hit the break for download links.
Google’s newest self-made app in the Play Store is Google Places for Business. The app allows you to manage your Google Places page by being able to communicate through Google+. Posting hours, contact information, photos, and updates are all supported and will be sent directly to your business’ Google+ page. You can even see statistics for your page, allowing you to know how effective or ineffective your business has been on social media. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.
Task management app Todoist received what is described as a major update today for the Android app, taking it up to version 2.0. According to developer Doist, the new version was “rethought, redesigned and recreated!” There are some new designs incorporated into the app, bringing it even more inline with the Holo design guidelines. This is especially true for the slide-out menu from the left, but even the main screen sees some refinement. One thing regular users will notice is the menu of actions when tapping on a task now shows up at the bottom of the screen inside of just below the task. Clicking on the menu option provides a new choice – “Add sub-task” which will be a welcome addition for those building a hierarchy of to-do items.
Evernote and its companion app, Skitch, have both received updates today that are some pretty handy productivity features. First up, Evernote has now been given the ability to edit Office documents, such as files from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, thanks to integration with MobiSystem’s OfficeSuite app. The files are stored in Evernote, edited in OfficeSuite, then immediately mirrored back in Evernote. There have also been quick reminders added, so you can set a due date for any individual file. If you use your Android device as a productivity tool, this update is going to fit you perfectly.
In addition to the Evernote updates, Skitch has also received an update that’ll allow you to annotate your PDF files on the go, for Premium users, at least. There are also a handful of stamps available to mark your PDF files for feedback, which is a welcome addition.
Overall, it’s definitely a handful of worthwhile updates for some already great applications.