Google just announced new apps for Google Drive. Earlier this month, I wrote about how Google Drive is one of the Two Free Google Apps that Bring Out the Best in an iPad. As much as I like the Drive app, I have been hoping for some more features when working in Docs and sheets - like the Research tool. When I heard that Google had created some new apps, I just had to check them out. With these new apps, Google split parts of Google Drive into individual apps: Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Docs and Sheets are out now for both iPad and Android. Slides will be coming soon. All of the apps are free and Google Drive is still available. Right now there are really only three ways in which the apps differ from the Drive app.
- Each app is now dedicated to just one individual tool in Google Drive.
- When you open the app, you see your most recently edited files of that type only, which does mean less time searching and scrolling.
- The apps have better built-in offline support, so you can easily view, edit and create files without being online.
You can download the apps here:New Google Docs Apps - Docs App for iPad, Docs App for Android New Google Sheets App - Sheets App for iPad, Sheets App for Android Google Slides - Coming soon, though you can still view and present from Google Drive
Google Drive App - Google Drive for iPad, Google Drive for Android If you are new to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, you can find some great information here to get you started:
Samantha will be teaching all of these apps and more in a number of EdTechTeacher Summer Workshops. EdTechTeacher will also have a number of great Google Apps sessions and workshops at their July 28-30 ETT Summit in Chicago.