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Google Sheets review

Google Sheets makes creating and editing spreadsheets on the go quite easy, integrating with Google Drive and allowing you to share files and even work together with others on the same spreadsheet in real-time. There are some issues with viewing larger spreadsheets that are due to the size of the screen, and the process isn't as fast as when using the larger screen of your computer.

Pros

Pleasant and clean UI: Like most Google apps, Google Sheets features an appealing and intuitive interface that's straight to the point -- a small menu bar sits at the top of … Read more

Google Search review

Google Search facilitates the use of Google's powerful online search engine and can also help you find local files more quickly. What's more, it has the ability to provide you with real-time weather and other personalized updates based on your location.

Pros

Reliable voice search: With Google Search's voice feature you can get directions, send emails, set reminders, find quick answers to questions, play media, set alarms, and more. Because of its accuracy and accessibility -- you just have to tap the mic button or say "Ok Google" to launch it -- it's a … Read more

Software week in review for June 27

Wear it, watch it, drive it, sweat it: That's what you'll be doing soon with Android and Chrome, according to news from the Google I/O conference. For the football fans, revisit our guide to watching the World Cup, and you can follow @ReplayLastGoal on Twitter to get video replay and an animated GIF of the latest goal. Read on for our I/O recap, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

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A billion fandroids can't be wrong. This week at I/… Read more

Google Docs review

While Google Docs may not be a full-featured office suite, it does offer the essential functionality you need to edit documents when you're away from your computer and then share them online or invite others to view, edit, or comment on them.

Pros

Saves as you type: Whether you're online or offline, Google Docs saves your text as you type it, which is something that not all mobile office apps do. What's more, your documents get synced to Google Drive, where you can access them from different devices and operating systems.

Clean and organized interface: The app'… Read more

Google Play Movies & TV review

Google Movies & TV is a top-notch application that combines all the best features of notable movie rental and streaming services. Fully integrated with other Google products, this app is engaging, responsive, and easy to use.

Pros

Superb functionality: All videos streamed immediately when clicked, and quality remained brilliant throughout the duration of our tests. Purchases can be made with Google Wallet as well as other payment services for on-demand movie and television access.

Appealing design: Google Movies & TV has an excellent layout that draws attention to the large thumbnails that advertise the latest movies and shows available. Organizational … Read more

Google I/O recap: Major Android news; Chrome OS update

Today Google kicked off its annual I/O conference with announcements about Android, Chrome OS, its answer to Apple's HealthKit, and the next generation of developer tools.

Introducing Android L: Android OS's KitKat successor doesn't have a name yet, but it'll begin with L. The platform update will attempt to unite Web and app user experiences through the Material Design interface. Developers will be able to use Google's new Polymer toolkit to design Web apps that look like their Android counterparts, including 3D rendering. Android L also promises notifications on the lock screen (like iOS … Read more

Google Sheets review

Google Sheets gives you the ability to view, edit, create, and share spreadsheets right from your phone no matter where you are. You can collaborate with other users or provide feedback on a joint project, and you can even edit spreadsheets when you're offline as long as you've downloaded them to your device previously.

Pros

Sharing preferences: When you share a spreadsheet with someone else through this app, you can also decide what privileges they will have. For example, you may limit their access to just viewing the file, or you might want to let them edit or … Read more

Google Docs review

Google Docs provides you with access to all of your saved and shared documents, and it also gives you the ability to create new ones. Editing is also supported, and you can collaborate with other users on a single document simultaneously right from your phone.

Pros

Great interface: This app's interface is fluid and intuitive. All of your documents appear in a list, and when you select one to view or edit, it opens quickly. Each document has individual settings that let you determine whether you want to store it in the cloud or on your device, so it'… Read more

Feedly review

A lightweight and elegant RSS news reader, Feedly does a good job at aggregating content from your favorite Web sites and presenting it in a mobile-optimized format, saving you the trouble of having to switch between browser tabs. You'll love its good looks and intuitive controls, but expect to run into problems when trying to watch videos.

Pros

Streamlined interface: Feedly provides a scrollable feed view, which displays article headlines and previews -- tap on a headline and you enter an ad-free article view mode where you can read the content without the distraction of a sidebar. You'll … Read more

Google Authenticator review

The free Google Authenticator app generates two-step verification codes on your Android phone or tablet. As you probably know, Google's two-step authentication process requires you to enter your username and password, and then click or enter an authentication delivered to your mobile device via mail, text, voice, or Google Authenticator.

Pros

Learn the two-step: It's easy to use Google Authenticator, but for those users still wondering what "two-step verification" is, a video tutorial, setup wizard, and plenty of clear explanations dispel all mysteries.

Security: Google Authenticator generates new codes every 30 seconds and requires codes when … Read more