Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 04:23 pm PT (07:23 pm ET)
Google adds Passbook support to iOS Chrome, spreadsheets to DriveGoogle on Wednesday rolled out updates for the iOS versions of its Chrome web browser and Google Drive cloud storage solution, each bringing notable enhancements like Passbook support and spreadsheet editing.
Google's Chrome browser, first introduced in June, hits version 23 with the latest update and brings Passbook integration for devices running iOS 6. Much like Apple's own mobile Safari, Chrome is now able to recognize Passbook-ready boarding passes, gift certificates and other digital assets, for storage in the Passbook app.
In addition to Passbook support, the newest Chrome version is capable of sending PDF files to other apps like GoodReader.
From the release notes:
What's New in Version 23.0.1271.91
- Open PDFs in other apps
- Save your boarding passes and tickets with Passbook
- Seeing garbled characters? Turn on text encoding detection in settings.
- Stability and security improvements
- Many bug fixes
Also debuted in June alongside Chrome for iOS, Google Drive received a few requested changes with version 1.2.0, including the ability to create and edit spreadsheets in-app, a feature some Google Docs users may be familiar with. According to Google, iOS users will now be able to see collaborators' edits in real time, a function previously restricted to the app's desktop client.
Formatting when copy-and-pasting text in Google documents has also been enhanced
From the release notes:
What's New in Version 1.2.0
- Create, edit and collaborate on spreadsheets
- Upload to Drive from other apps using Open in...
- Manage upload progress and see recent uploads in new Uploads section
- Rich text copy-paste within a document
- Improved speed and stability
- Improved contact search for sharing
- Bug fixes
Both apps are free to download from the iOS App Store, with Chrome weighing in at 15.7MB, while Drive is 22.7MB.
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