While powerful, the Google Drive mobile apps have long lacked a few features found on the desktop site. With the first updates of the year, Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android add Page setup, image improvements, and EPUB and ODF support.

With Page setup in Docs, users can not only change orientation (landscape or portrait) and paper size (letter, legal, etc.) on mobile, but also page color. The latter feature is especially useful, as glaring at a predominantly white background can eventually become an eye sore.

Meanwhile, all the Drive apps gain support for various Open Document formats. This means users can import and export OpenDocument Text (.odt), OpenDocument Spreadsheets (.ods), and OpenDocument Presentations (.odp) files in their respective apps.

Unfortunately, this feature does not work offline and requires a connection, with users seeing a “Data connection needed to open this file type” error dialog.

Lastly, Docs add a useful EPUB export with the same connectivity restrictions, while Sheets gain the ability to use the IMAGE function to view images inside of cells.

These updates will rollout to all users in the next three days, with Sheets and Slides already live for most.


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