Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

Summary: Google releases an Android app for Google Docs that brings a clean, organized UI to the mobile phone screen.

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Managing a document from a mobile phone can be a clunky experience but Google has developed and released an interface for its Google Docs platform that attempts to solve that problem with an Android app released today. And it appears that Google understands that user interface with an app like this is key to its success.

The app brings organization to an experience that had been unruly using a mobile browser. The company is using strategically placed icons - rather than just text links - to take users to the main dashboard, search documents or create new documents. It also added an "edit" button that protects the document from accidentally being altered when someone is simply reading it.

The company also added a new feature that allows users to upload a photo of a document and have it turned into editable text, via Optical Character Recognition technology. My test experience wasn't all that great and left the photo as a photo, instead of converting it to a document - but I'm not going to give Google too much grief for this yet.

In a blog post announcing the new app, the company acknowledged that OCR does a "pretty good job" but that it's still not perfect - but it will get better over time.

And that's what this latest app is - something that's getting better over time. The ability to view and edit documents in Google Docs has been available through the mobile browser for some time, but it wasn't very user friendly.

Already, this app is better.

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  • RE: Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

    Nice!
    I've been waiting for this App... Thanks Google!
    mktpostal@...
    • RE: Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

      @mktpostal@...

      This is a great app. More ways to be spied on by Google. Just what the doctor ordered.
      jorjitop
      • RE: Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

        @jorjitop
        Troll.
        BTW, Do you have a FB account? If so, privacy clearly isn't a concern for you
        freetulisten
  • Mucho neato

    Oh yeah, that's the stuff! This is just what I needed.
    doodlius
  • RE: Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

    Where is The iOS version ?
    Martin246
    • RE: Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

      @martin_chalifoux +1
      capeleopard
  • RE: Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

    iOS needs this app, for sure. Unless there is a MS version of office for iOS coming ;)
    unforgiventoo
  • RE: Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

    Good sidekick for services like Blackboard, which all school systems don't have.
    Thanks Google!
    cplusplusguy
  • RE: Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

    This is good but they need to fix the desktop version. It's clunky and ugly.
    yazidatan
  • RE: Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

    So...now we can turn our phones into spy cameras too...NEAT!
    todd.sanbury2@...
  • Hmm, I can install it on my Droid, but...

    ...It doesn't show up in the market on my rooted nook color running CyanogenMod7. Bummer. I wanted to use it on the nook.

    edit: in case anyone cares, I found a copy of the APK, dropped it on my nook and installed it manually. Works perfectly on the nook.
    lostarchitect
  • RE: Google Docs on-the-go: The clean UI makes it better

    Great. Now all they need to do is make Google Docs work on a PC.
    Patrick Neylan