Google Docs finally hits Android- great on tablets

Summary:Imagine my surprise when today Google released Google Docs in the Android Market. I grabbed it immediately and have been using it since, having installed it to my tablet and phone.

Main document menu

Main document menu

As a long-time Google Docs user, I was beginning to give up hope that the Google would produce a native Android app to facilitate working with the online documents. Imagine my surprise when today Google released Google Docs in the Android Market. I grabbed it immediately and have been using it since installing it to both my Galaxy Tab and my EVO 4G.

Google Docs for Android is essentially a shell wrapped around the mobile version of Docs for the browser. It consists of menus designed to make finding and working with documents easier to do by touch. In places you simply swipe left and right to go from one menu to the next, a process that is fluid and works well.

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Docs list view- swipe to move to different views of docs
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Text document

Text document

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Image captured from camera with edited caption

You can create documents in Google Docs, as well as edit and view existing text documents, spread sheets and presentations. You have access to shared documents in the cloud and the mobile viewers in the app do a good job presenting docs for review. Pinch and zoom is fully supported so it is standard practice to move around in bigger documents. There is a new ability to capture notes using the device camera to get them in the library. Once captured, such notes can be edited with text to augment the image. Google Docs can also use OCR to convert text contained in captured images into a text document, similar to Evernote.

Google Docs is free in the Android Market so if you use Google Docs you probably want to get it.

Topics: Laptops, Google, Hardware, Mobility, Tablets

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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