Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Mobile Getting Smart Compose, Link Preview, and More

Google has today announced several new features to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides mobile apps available on Android and iOS. The new features include Smart Compose, link previews, and improved UI for comments.

Smart Compose

Smart Compose is a feature that completes sentences for you with predictions. Google added Smart Compose on Gmail back in 2018 and brought it to the web version of Docs this February. The software giant is now bringing the feature to Docs on Android and iOS. It will be available over the next few weeks.

Office File Editing

You can easily edit and collaborate on Microsoft Office files using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on the web. With this update, Google is adding these capabilities to mobile versions as well. Google says you can use all the collaborative and assistive features of G Suite on your Office files without having to convert file types.

Link Preview

Google is also adding link previews to Docs. With this change, you will see a dynamic card that contains information about the content including the the owner and latest activity, and titles & descriptions of public links. The feature is currently live on iOS and will be available on Android in the coming weeks.

Improved Comment UI

Another change being done is improved comment interface. The interface is now larger and has a quick access button to reply and mention others in the document. It is being rolled out to Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android now, with iOS availability slated for the coming months. You can also respond to comments from Gmail now.

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Vertical Scrolling in Slides

Alongside all these, Google is adding a vertical scrolling mode to Slides. The company hopes that the new view would help you review and switch slides faster than before. It will be available on Android in the next few weeks and iOS in the coming months.

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