Google Docs finally hits Android- great on tablets

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.

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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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Text document

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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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  • RE: Google Docs finally hits Android- great on tablets

    I have played around with the app for all of 15 minutes and love it. only tried it on my Evo, but will be downloading on my rooted NookColor tonight. The photo to text OCR feature is a real bonus.
    OJMc
  • Have Google Docs actually improved?

    Sorry, but Google Docs is not ready for prime-time. It is a buggy, slow and very limited product.

    Unless Google has done some mayor improvements in the past few months, I don't see have having it on Android is about the same as not having anything. Google Docs are only good for basic plain text, but nowhere useful for anything else.
    wackoae
    • RE: Google Docs finally hits Android- great on tablets

      @wackoae Google is just trying too hard lol
      Hasam1991
    • RE: Google Docs finally hits Android- great on tablets

      @wackoae Really? I find it as easy to use as the Office 2007 I'm forced to use at work. And that is way easier to deal with than the horked up Office 2010 interface I've had to use at other locations. Now, I'll admit it is not as good as LibreOffice.
      zclayton2
      • You are kidding me

        @zclayton2 LibreOffice? Really? I used that for about 2 months. It is so full of bugs. Every other day I would find another issue where it would incorrectly render documents made previously in... LibreOffice! I couldn't handle it. It made me want to switch out to OpenOffice again. Thankfully my company bought me Office 2010.

        Google Docs isn't buggy. It is simple, stable and collaborative. It is by no means as powerful as MS Office but in comparison to the wasteland of free office suites it is an oasis of usability.
        kwabinalars
  • RE: Google Docs finally hits Android- great on tablets

    How is this any different from the mobile Google Docs page?
    illegaloperation
  • Man you Google fan bois accept a crap user experience

    Office365 and Bing is all you need.
    hubivedder
    • RE: Google Docs finally hits Android- great on tablets

      @hubivedder Like "really" ?
      quentinjs