Google has just updated the official iOS app of its popular Docs word-processing service with a couple of enhancements. Notably absent in the update, though, is a feature that has long been awaited from a productivity app of such high profile as something from the tech giant.
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First up, Google Docs for iOS has finally been updated with a feature that no self-respecting word-processor would want to be without: word count.
Indeed, at long last, you can now easily check the word count of a document in Google Docs for iOS. To do so, while viewing a document, just tap the more button at the top right corner of the app and tap the new “Word count” option.
With its new word count feature, the app, of course, shows you the number of words that are currently in the document. In addition, it indicates the number of characters including spaces and the number of characters excluding spaces.
If you frequently write on Google Docs with a target word count, then the app’s latest update is for you.
iPad Pro support, but no iPad multitasking
And if you have an iPad Pro, the latest update to Google Docs is also for you, as it includes native resolution support for the massive display of Apple’s largest tablet.
The same goes for the official iOS app of Google’s Sheets spreadsheet service. Google Sheets for iOS now also boasts screen optimization for iPad Pro.
For some reason, though, the official iOS app of Google’s Slides presentation software hasn’t been updated for iPad Pro.
In any case, all of the iOS apps of Google’s flagship trio of office productivity programs haven’t been updated with support for iPad multitasking. Users of the apps on iPad that support Split View and Slide Over, then, are still deprived of a key productivity booster that would enable them to use the apps side by side with other apps.
Get Google Photos, which now features iPad Pro support and iPad multitasking
Get Google’s office apps for iOS
Download Google Docs, Sheets and Slides
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