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Chrome Browser and Googe Drive for iOS Devices, Offline Document Editing Announced

Chrome web browser reaches 310 million active users

Day at Google I/O said today there are more than 2.3 billion users on the web–Chrome browser now has 310 million active users. “Chrome has nearly doubled since last year’s I/O–from 160 million to 310 million active users around the world,” said Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome & Apps.

As more and more of you live your lives online, we want to to help make it easy for you to live in the cloud…seamlessly.

Chrome for Android, which exited beta, and is the standard browser on Nexus 7 — starting today, also available Chrome for iPhone and iPad. “With signing in to Chrome, you can easily move from your desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet and have all of your stuff with you,” he said.

Also, you may know, Google releases new Chrome every six weeks. Now, you more need not to worry about the updates–Google will take care of that with “automatic updates.”

Gmail, which launched in 2004, has evolved from a simple email service to the primary mode of communication – now has “more than 425 million active users globally.”

Gmail now has 425 million active users

Google Drive–a place where you can create, share, collaborate and keep all your stuff –now has “more than 10 million users” — and today, Google introduced more capabilities, including offline editing for Google documents and a Drive app for iPhone and iPad.

Offline document editing
With offline editing, you can create and edit Google documents and leave comments. Any changes you make will be automatically synced when you get back online.

Google says, they’re working to make offline editing for spreadsheets and presentations available in the future.

“To start editing offline, first set up offline access from the gear icon at the top of your Documents List. Then, next time you lose your connection you’ll be able to either open a document from your list of offline files or create a new one. Any changes you’ve made while disconnected will sync with the online version in your Documents List when you regain your connection to the Internet,” explains Google.

Google Docs Offline Editing

Google Docs Offline Editing Mode Switch

When you’re offline, Google shows a message and a link that lets you switch to the offline Google Drive/Docs interface. You can only view documents and spreadsheets and only edit documents. Google Docs features that require an Internet connection are removed when you’re offline, but most of the basic features are available. Some of the missing features: sharing files, downloading them, printing files, revision history, inserting images and drawings, the research sidebar and the translation feature.

Once you’re online again, Google Docs shows a message and a link for switching to the regular Google Docs interface. The transition is not seamless, since you have to load a new page.

You can enable offline editing from the gear icon in Google Drive. Note that you’ll need the latest versions of Chrome or ChromeOS to edit offline. Follow these steps to enable offline access on your computer. Keep in mind that offline access is only available in Chrome:

  1. If you’re using the classic look, click the gear icon in the upper right of your window. If you’re using the new look, click the grey gear icon just above your Documents List.
  2. Select Set up Docs offline from the drop-down menu.
  3. The “Set up offline viewing of Google Docs” dialog will appear.
  4. Click the blue button that says Allow offline docs. After a few seconds, you’ll be able to move on to the next step.
  5. On the right side of the dialog, click the blue button that says Install from Chrome web store. If you already have the app installed, you won’t need to complete this step.
  6. You’ll be taken to the Chrome web store, where you’ll need to click Install on the right-hand side of the browser window.
  7. Once the app is installed, you’ll be taken to a Chrome page with the Google Docs app icon. Click the icon to go back to your Documents List.

Drive is also seamlessly integrated into Chrome OS.

Google Drive for iOS devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

With the Drive app, you can open PDFs, photos, videos, documents and anything else stored in your Drive while you’re on the go. You can also search all your files, add collaborators to documents, and make files available offline to view them even without an internet connection.

You get started with 5 GB free.

For blind and low-vision users, the app also works great in VoiceOver mode.

Learn more about what you can do with the app in Help Center.

Google Drive for iOSGoogle Drive for iPhone

Google Drive for iPadGoogle Drive for iPod

GDrive for iPad

You can download Google Drive for iOS in the iTunes App Store.

With Drive available across Mac, Windows, Chrome OS, Android and iOS, it’s even easier to get things done in the cloud from anywhere.

Going Google: With the help of Chrome and and the growth of Google apps, people are discovering new ways to get things done faster, connect with others, and access their information no matter what device they’re using. This include individual people, schools, government institutions and businesses–big and small.

“Sixty-six of the top 100 universities in the U.S., government institutions in 45 out of 50 U.S. states, and a total of 5 million business are using Google’s apps to live and work in the cloud,” Google said.

Here’s a quick look back at the evolution of Chrome:

Google also said that its Chromebooks will hit 100 Best Buy stores across the U.S. ,and that it plans to expand this program to include “many more retailers” before the end of the year.

Google, of course, had already partnered with Best Buy and others before to sell its Chromebooks online.

Chromebooks will hit 100 Best Buy stores across the U.S

Google at the end of the first keynote, announced that every attendee would get one Nexus Q, a new Nexus 7 tablet and a Nexus phone.

Google calls these giveaways its “Android Developer Package”. And, today, they gave away Chromebox, the desktop version of the company’s Chromebook laptops, to all Google I/O attendees.

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