Google, the tech giant is aiming to improve the functionality of its applications namely Google Docs and Sheets. In order to add convenience for the users, the company has released a multitude of third party plug-ins. The add-ons allow users to conveniently use these tools on their smartphones. Till now, these are limited to the Android platform with no news about compatibility with other operating systems.
The tech giant, Google is currently facing stiff competition from Microsoft and in order to entice users towards its free productivity suite, the company is offering incentives to the users. It must be noted that both the companies are currently working towards adding third-party plug-ins into their respective applications. Google has, at the moment, added a total of nine add-ons which include, Google Classroom, DocuSign, Teacher Aide, Zoho, CRM, and Scanbot. Google has also opened up their productivity suite to other developers. The developers can now submit their applications to the company for review and upon approval, they will be integrated with Google’s Productivity Suite.
It is interesting to witness that by adding Android plug-ins, the company has churned out various, highly useful features. E-signature on documents has become seamless with the integration of DocuSign. Similarly, content such as graphs and CRM can be directly imported into Google Sheets. This saves users from the hassle of doing any type of additional coding.
With these new tools, Google aims to improve the functionality of its own applications. In the past, Google focused on making the applications mobile-ready while placing critical emphasis on an enhanced user experience. Earlier in 2016, Google unveiled the comment functionality for Google Slides and Sheet which allowed direct commenting through the smartphone. Further, Google also launched an update for the Google Docs application which allowed users to share their views while also providing them with the ability to tag other relevant users in the conversation.
It is clear that Google is aiming to revolutionize the productivity of its application. To enhance the discoverability of these applications, the company added eight different categories to the Play Store. Also, the company announced its Family Library feature during the Google I/O conference which was rolled out in 12 countries.
It is unclear till now whether these add-ons will also roll out to the iOS platform. A source close to the company has stated that Google intends to launch the functionality once the demand becomes high enough. Google’s Productivity Suite offers a plethora of features on its desktop application, however increasing the range of features on its mobile applications will only enhance the productivity while also luring in more users.