Google Drive updated to allow document creation and editing in iOS

Google Drive is a pretty exciting service if you’re into editing your documents on various devices. A cloud service with integrated ‘office suite’, Drive lets you view, edit and create documents, sync them between your desktop PC, laptop, tablet and phone, and store additional items on 5GB of cloud storage. At a pinch, it can replace most office apps out there, especially for test documents.

However, when Google Drive finally launched on iOS, it was a major disappointment. The reason? Google had stripped out editing functionality, leaving you with what for many amounted to a glorified document viewer. To anyone wanting to create or alter documents on the go on their new iOS device and already in the Drive ecosystem, frustration was probably the mildest reaction.

The good news is that Google Drive has finally gained – almost – functional parity with the Android version: Google has enabled creation and editing, even for multiple users in real-time, as well as letting you create and upload to folders.

The downer is that these functions are reserved for documents only: you still can’t edit spreadsheets comprehensively. Still, at this stage we’re taking what we can get, and hope to see this last niggle fixed soon.

The Android version of Google Drive has also seen an update, with the ability to add comments and view tables in documents.

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