Google rolled out a few updates to its Android apps this week, some for the better and some for the… well, it depends.
The latest version of the Google Search app adds support for viewing Google Now cards even if you lose your internet connection. Meanwhile, the Google Drive app for Android no longer lets you edit documents or spreadsheets… unless you have the standalone Docs or Sheets apps installed.
Google Now cards can show you nearby attractions, upcoming appointments, news items on topics you’ve recently searched for, flight status, and much more. But walk into a subway station and it all goes away… or at least it used to.
Now if you have Google Now enabled, the latest cards will still show up even if you lose or turn off your internet connection. You’ll see a note at the top letting you know how long it’s been since they were last updated.
You can still open documents and spreadsheets uploaded to your Google Drive account for viewing, but if you want to edit them you’ll need to install the recently-launched Docs and Spreadsheet appps from the Google Play Store.
The good news is that you can still do everything you could before… opening a document in Drive will let you edit it in Docs. The bad news is you now need three apps to do it instead of just one.