Google adds link previews, Smart Compose, and more to Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android

Google adds link previews, Smart Compose, and more to Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android

Google on Wednesday introduced a slew of new features for Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android. The new features, which include Smart Compose and link previews, were previously made available for G Suite users on the web.

Smart Compose aims to save you time by providing Docs users with suggestions for what to type next. Google says the feature will help users write faster and with more confidence. It will be on or off depending on your setting on the web, and it will only be available to G Suite customers.

Links previews will let you click on a link and preview it in a card without leaving the document you’re editing. In Docs, dynamic information about the content will appear, such as title, description, and thumbnail images. This feature will be enabled by default and cannot be disabled, and it will be available for both G Suite customers and users with personal accounts.

Google is also adding vertical navigation in Slides, so a presentation is much easier to view on a mobile device. You no longer need to swipe to view slides one-by-one. While vertically scrolling through slides, users can pinch to zoom and easily switch to editing, presenting, and casting content. This feature is gradually rolling out and will be available for both G Suite customers and users with personal accounts.

Additionally, Google is making it easier to edit Microsoft Office documents in Docs, Sheets, and Slides, while users can now see a unified interface for comments, rather than having to tap through them individually.

These improvements make the G Suite experience on Android much more in-line with what’s already available on the web. They also improve the reading experience following the introduction of a dark mode last month. You can download the latest version of the Sheets, Slides, and Docs apps from the Google Play Store links embedded below.

Google Docs
Google Docs
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
Google Sheets
Google Sheets
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
Google Slides
Google Slides
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

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Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.