Feb 01 AT 4:13 PM Edgar Cervantes 20 Comments

Chrome to Phone, Google Docs updates

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It’s days like these when we know Google has our back. They’re constantly working to make all their services better. Today, the Search Giant has released solid updates to two of their services – Google Docs and Chrome to Phone. These updates include some aesthetic improvements for both phones and tablets, as well as offline availability for your documents.

Chrome to Phone

This new update comes with a rehashed look to the interface. Mostly, the minimalist arrows make it much sharper and more sleek. It might be a bit different for those who don’t have Android 4.0, though. When I tested the update on an HTC Thunderbolt with Gingerbread, the arrows still had the older look.

The guys from Android Central have a much different look, though. And it might be due to the software differences of Ice Cream Sandwich.

The UI is still missing the new unified Ice Cream Sandwich look. It would be great if Google could integrate the same updated look to all of its apps, including this one. Instead of the image on top, it could be a bar with options, the search button and the menu button, much like Google Docs (image below) and many other apps out there.

The update also includes a fix to the crashes when copying text, which is definitely welcome. Also, if you’re a landscape user, you might be happy to know that this feature has been included to Chrome to Phone as well.

Google Docs

Google Docs saw a more exciting update this time around. Many of our tablets are WiFi-only. This means that we find ourselves without an internet connection much of the time, in which case you can’t access or edit documents from Google Docs.

This update adds offline usability to Google Docs. Simply choose which documents you want to be able to access offline, and they become available wherever you might be.

As with all Google Services in Android, this app is meant to be easy to work with. Basically, after you choose a document to be available offline, the app syncs automatically whenever possible. You can make any changes to a document, and the changes will be updated as soon as the tablet hits internet connectivity. (This can also be done manually).

This would be very helpful for tablet users who are constantly working on their documents. Go ahead and work; the changes will be automatically updated when possible, creating a much more unified experience. That’s not the only new feature in this update, though.

There’s also a new feature for tablet users. Now when you open a document (while online) you will see a “high-resolution” version. This has much of a magazine feel. You can swype left and right through the pages, displaying all your hard work.


Keep them coming, Google! If you want to check out these new updates, go ahead and get them straight from the Android Market. We have posted the links below for your convenience. Be sure to let us know what you think.



Via: Android Central

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    It’s about time that Chrome-to-Phone gets updated! Other than TiBu, that’s the first app I install every time I flash a ROM. It’s worked great on my phone but has been annoying without landscape support on my tablet.

    • Jeff Pan

      yeah a must have app!

    • Andro

      And still Chrome to Phone is not available for India. WTF :|

  • Thomas Biard

    It took me forever to jump on the Chrome-To-Phone party bus, but I’m glad I did. So much handier than all my previous methods. So much cross platform integration! So much fun!

    Glad for the update to both.

  • spazby

    it took forever for chrome to phone… offline docs is a welcome addition

  • Nate B.

    Chrome to phone still doesn’t work. For me anyways. The desktop always says “redirecting” and stays there. It’s been like that for months and still is.

  • ntan97

    was very excited for the docs update for honeycomb, tried it out on my A100 and i am not seeing many of the new UI tweaks for tablets. Wondering if this is a compatibility thing with 7 inchers or what…

  • amgala

    Finally offline doc support! Two thumbs up!

  • baywalk

    Offline usability is awesome

  • EolianPipes

    I’m so glad to see that Google is constantly updating these. It always worries me when Google doesn’t update their own apps very consistently. These are huge steps forward!

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    This is awesome with the Google Docs. Wasn’t someone just saying in a post recently how Google Docs for tablets needs to get a face lift? Or was that from some other website? Talk about foreshadowing!

  • Billy

    Excellent. I use google docs pretty often .. but the native app needed a little updating. I look forward to the update … installing now!! Go GooG!!

  • Hall Lo

    I really love the offline support for Google Doc ;) Making it more useful and making me love google more at the same time! xD

  • staryoshi

    I’m glad to see offline support for GDocs :)

  • greeny42

    Sweet sweet cross platform love!

  • Slith

    The offline doc support is a godsend! Used it immediately.

    • delinear

      Yep, it’s such an obvious feature, especially for commuters who might not have decent WiFi/network connectivity on their daily commute. Glad they finally got it in there and I’m keen to try it out.

  • Jeremiah Akin

    Anyone else having trouble with the Google Docs update on a Galaxy Tab 10.1?

    • john danenbarger

      I am definitely having problems with Google docs and my newly updated Galaxy Tab. Does not funtion at all. Y

  • Gr8Ray

    Why the hell isn’t the Chrome to Phone extension a google product? I had to uninstall it because it kept blowing up every time I launched Chrome.