Google Offers Offline Editing and Drive for iOS
Back in April Google introduced Drive, a safe place for us to save, share, and create all kinds of thing. Today, at the Google I/O conference they introduced a couple things we’ve all been waiting for.
The first thing is Drive for iOS. Now there’s a Drive app. for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. So Apple fans can finally take advantage of the service.
The next great thing is offline editing of Google docs. That’s right, you can work on stuff offline. When you finally get reconnected later, everything will automatically update and be saved. Apparently they are also working on getting the offline editing available for spreadsheets and presentations at some point in the future future.
The catch with the offline editing is you need the most recent version of Chrome, so you’ll need to check that out too. In case you didn’t know, the drive app for Android has already been available for a couple weeks. It’s with getting.
Here’s what Google said on their Doc’s Blog:
With the Drive app, you can open PDFs, photos, videos, documents and anything else stored in your Drive while you’re on the go. You can also search all your files, add collaborators to documents, and make files available offline to view them even without an internet connection. For blind and low-vision users, the app also works great in VoiceOver mode. Learn more about what you can do with the app in our Help Center.
Get Drive in the App Store for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 5.0+ and visit the Play Store to get the latest on your Android phone or tablet.
So, there’s a couple of new features you can try out, and it’s great news if you’re an Apple fan, because you can finally take advantage of Drive. They didn’t mention when offline editing would be available for some of Google’s other products, but hopefully it will be arriving in the coming months.