Google Docs now lets you type hands-free

Google has just announced a range of new features that make its Google Docs software more powerful than ever.

In a blog post published today, the company revealed details of several new features that aim to improve your workflow – and Google says they’re rolling out today.

New features

Both the desktop and mobile versions of Google Docs now feature Voice Typing, so users can write hands-free. The new function uses the microphone of your computer or phone, and is even able to transcribe speech in over 40 different languages.

In addition, Google has introduced Research for the Google Docs Android app: a new tool that allows users to look for information and add it to their document in just a couple of taps.

Collaboration should be easier too. The desktop version of Google Docs now comes with a See Changes button, so it will be easier to see how your work has been modified, and by whom.

The changes extend beyond Docs: Google Sheets also includes a new functionality. Available in a browser or Android app, Sheets’ new Explore function makes it easier than ever to visualise data.

The new features make Google’s apps a more formidable force than ever before, but what’s most interesting is Google’s desire to improve their mobile aspect.

While desktop Google apps have become a workhorse in the school and office, the same can’t be said for their mobile counterparts. Although the new features in the apps are welcome, it’s unlikely they’ll make working on your smartphone a viable alternative to the desktop.

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