Google Docs gets offline editing; Google Drive gets iOS app

Google's announcements today in the second day of its Google I/O developer conference were perhaps not as spectacular compared to the ones it made on Wednesday, but today the company has already revealed plans to release the Chrome web browser for iOS. Google also revealed today that iOS owners will be able to download an app to access the Google Drive cloud-based data and file storage service.

In a post on the Google Docs blog, Google said:

With the Drive app, you can open PDFs, photos, videos, documents and anything else stored in your Drive while you're on the go. You can also search all your files, add collaborators to documents, and make files available offline to view them even without an internet connection. For blind and low-vision users, the app also works great in VoiceOver mode.

Speaking about offline modes, Google also announced that users of its Google Docs cloud productivity suite can now finally edit their documents without having to be connected to the Internet. When you do decided to log back on the Internet, any changes made to the document will be automatically synced to the online version in Google Docks. Support for editing spreadsheets and presentations in Google Docs will be added sometime in the near future.

Source: Google Docs blog | Image via Google

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When you do decided to log back on the Internet, any changes made to the document will be automatically synced to the online version in Google Docks.

No symlink (or multiple other directory) syncing means I'm still sticking with Dropbox. I'll give up 12 free gigs of space, as well as cheaper plans for the ability to sync my ~/Documents folder.

(I have 13gb free with dropbox, and I've only used about half of that)

cyberdrone2000 said,
No symlink (or multiple other directory) syncing means I'm still sticking with Dropbox. I'll give up 12 free gigs of space, as well as cheaper plans for the ability to sync my ~/Documents folder.

(I have 13gb free with dropbox, and I've only used about half of that)

Using win 7 or 8? You could always attach the syncing folder to the documents library and you wouldn't know the difference.

Any enterprise that trusts their docs to Google needs their head examining. Seriously they can add all the bells and whistles to it, but would you want them holding the docs for your business? I'm out.

TogoP said,
Any enterprise that trusts their docs to Google needs their head examining. Seriously they can add all the bells and whistles to it, but would you want them holding the docs for your business? I'm out.

I use skydrive myself but get a grip man, Google isn't the evil demon waiting to pounce, go get your tin foil hat.

TogoP said,
Any enterprise that trusts their docs to Google needs their head examining. Seriously they can add all the bells and whistles to it, but would you want them holding the docs for your business? I'm out.

Wow. I love the ignorance of youth. I'm assuming you are a kid because no educated adult would say such foolishness. What makes Microsoft better than Google? Dropbox, Box, Carbonite? They are all the same.

Remove the tinfoil hat.

jasonon said,
who uses linux?

I thought that Google Chrome OS and Android are both derived from Linux, so I think his point is valid.

Shadrack said,

I thought that Google Chrome OS and Android are both derived from Linux, so I think his point is valid.

They will definitely make one for Android Linux.

Shadrack said,

I thought that Google Chrome OS and Android are both derived from Linux, so I think his point is valid.

Point is not valid. There is an Android version and a Chrome version. So back to what the other point was, Who uses Linux?