App Notifications and Other Improvements Come to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides

Google is in the process of rolling out updates to their Android apps for Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides.  The updates, mainly aimed at G Suite customers, brings a lot of improvements to each app individually but collectively brings them all in-app notifications.  Today, the way it works, is if you are collaborating with someone on a document, you get a notification that they have updated it – in Google Drive.  With the update to the apps, now you get the notifications within each app.  It is a bit of a no-brainer really.  Each app’s notifications are separate from the others so you will only see notifications for Google Sheets in Google Sheets.

Read on as there are other improvements beyond notifications.

In Google Sheets, you can now resize a row or column in the app.  The update brings the ability to specify the exact pixel size you want for that row or column.   Also in Sheets, you can create and editGoogle Docs for Android data validation parameters within the app.  To this point, this had been a web-only feature so it’s good to see some of the more advanced features of the app starting to make their way to the phone and tablet space.  Finally, you can also now change the color of a tab within a Sheet so you can easily identify them on a multi-tab file.

All three of the app updates are rolling out to the Google Play Store now and those who have the apps installed should see the OTA updates for them over the course of the next few days.


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