CTIA 09: DataViz announces Word/Excel software and push Exchange email for Android

Summary:I have been disappointed by the lack of Android hardware news at CTIA, following the lack of news at Mobile World Congress, and am starting to wonder why it is taking so long for manufacturers to get on the Android train. There was one shining bit of news though that had me purchasing another application on the Android Market this morning. DataViz announced Documents To Go Standard and RoadSync beta for the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic. You can check out their new products and download both from the Android Market.

I have been disappointed by the lack of Android hardware news at CTIA, following the lack of news at Mobile World Congress, and am starting to wonder why it is taking so long for manufacturers to get on the Android train. There was one shining bit of news though that had me purchasing another application on the Android Market this morning. DataViz announced Documents To Go Standard and RoadSync beta for the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic. You can check out their new products and download both from the Android Market.

Documents To Go Standard gives you the ability to view, edit, and create Microsoft Word and Excel files on the G1. Files can be transferred to the G1 via Bluetooth, USB, and memory cards as well as received via email. I tried it out initially and plan to post a more detailed video and review of the applications after further testing. You will find that Documents To Go includes editing and viewing features such as bold, italics, underline, embedded photos, comments, word count, multiple sheets, and much more. I do not see charting support in Excel. So far I have found it to be very snappy and it looks fantastic. If you need Office documents on your G1 I highly recommend you pick this up soon since they have an introductory US$19.99 price with the regular price of US$29.99.

RoadSync is available as a free beta until 31 May and gives you push email with attachment support. There is no calendar sync capability yet. For contacts, DataViz adds a new group to your integrated contacts and the server updates the device only so there is no two-way sync with contacts. In regards to email functionality, you will find your email appears in a separate RoadSync Mail shortcut/application so it is separate from your IMAP/POP accounts. I don't yet see subfolder support and some more advanced features, but this is the first beta so just to see push email working out of the box is highly encouraging to me.

Applications like this are essential for the adoption of Android and I am pleased to finally see them hit the platform.

Topics: Mobility, Collaboration, Microsoft, Software

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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