Google Docs arrives on Android

Google Docs arrives on Android

Summary: ZDNet UK takes a tour of the official Google Docs app, which has finally arrived on Google's own smartphone platform

TOPICS: Mobility, Apps

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  • Google Docs for Android widget

    Google has released a version of its Docs productivity suite for Android, allowing people to view and edit text documents, spreadsheets and other content types on their smartphone without resorting to a third-party app.

    The Android app solves one of the biggest problems with Gmail, which is the difficulty in opening up attachments that would be easily accessible on a desktop, using the full version of Google Docs. It works on Android phones at or above version 2.1 of the mobile OS — these shots show a Nexus S, which runs 'Gingerbread' Android 2.3 — and synchronises fully with the desktop version of the suite.

    The app comes with an optional widget that lets the user go straight to a list of all documents or all starred documents. The icon on the right opens up a new document.

    The icon second from the right fires up the handset's camera, so the user can photograph a document — if it is in a certain font and in English, the app will then apply optical character recognition (OCR) to convert the photographed piece into plain text. In ZDNet UK's experience, this function works to a limited extent.

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  • Google Docs for Android homescreen

    This shot shows the homescreen of the Google Docs Android app.

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Topics: Mobility, Apps

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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  • First I could work in the office on my PC.
    Then I could work on the train on my laptop.
    Now I can work whilst I walk!
    Jake Rayson