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Google Drive iOS app updated with clickable Web links, new spreadsheet functions

Google on Wednesday pushed out a minor update to its cloud-connected Google Drive iOS app, bringing hooks to the mobile versions of Safari and Chrome, as well as a new way to insert columns and rows into spreadsheets.

Google Drive

The latest iteration of Google Drive brings the iOS app up to version 1.5.0, though the point update is light on major changes, focusing more on user interface and accessibility tweaks.

Along with the usual bug fixes, the app brings two additions to the table with the ability to click on links within documents to open either Apple's Safari or Google's Chrome Web browser. The functionality is already available in other cloud syncing apps, but Google Drive never supported the feature until now.

With the latest update, users of Google's Drive service now have an easier way to insert rows and columns into spreadsheet documents on iOS. A new "+" button in Google Sheets offers an alternative to navigating the menu bar for the basic function.

The update comes one week following Apple's expansion of the iWork for iCloud beta, Cupertino's answer to online productivity tools like Google Drive. While Apple's suite is on par with Google's offering, the service lacks the ability to collaborate effectively with other users in real time.

Google Drive is a 30.3MB free download from the App Store.