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Google Drive mobile app updated with spreadsheet editing and more

While many Google fans speak highly of the web giant’s Google Drive features, it’s been something of a bugbear for mobile users that the spreadsheet facility has up to now been limited to viewing only.

The good news is that an update to the Android and iOS Drive app rolled out on Wednesday now allows anyone using it on their iPhone, iPad or Android device to make edits to spreadsheets, as well as carry out a number of other functions.

The new feature brings it in line with Drive’s Docs offering, which was enabled for editing via the app a couple of months back.

“From the Drive app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device, you can create a new spreadsheet or edit an existing one,” Google said in a post about the update. “You can switch fonts, resize columns, sort data, and more. And just like on your computer, you’ll be able to see other people’s edits in real time as they’re made.”

Other changes to the update introduced with version 1.2 of Google Drive include improved text formatting when copying and pasting in a Google document.

Android users will now be able to edit text within tables in documents as well as add a shortcut on the homescreen of their mobile device to any of their files in Drive.

Here’s the full list of the new features as detailed on Google Play:

– Edit Google spreadsheets in new native editor

– 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

In other Google Drive-related news this week, it was announced that Gmail users can now attach files of up to a whopping 10GB by hosting them on Drive. Before, attachments were limited to what now sounds like a very measly 25MB.

Android users interested in trying out the free Google Drive app can pick it up from the Google Play store here. iOS users can grab it from the iTunes store here.

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