Google Aus talks up Docs app involvement

Google has released its Google Docs app for Android today, with the Australian office pointing out that the Sydney team was responsible for the app's optical character-recognition feature, amongst other things.

Google has released its Google Docs app for Android today, with the Australian office pointing out that the Sydney team was responsible for the app's optical character-recognition feature, amongst other things.

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Screenshot of Google Docs App optical character-recognition feature in action (Credit: Google)

According to a blog post from Google Australia, the Sydney engineering team has worked with Google Tokyo's design team to roll-out the docs application. The Sydney team also assisted in improving and adding minor features to both the application and online components of Google Docs.

One of the features that has been ported to the app from its web-based big brother is the optical character-recognition feature.

The function allows users to upload images or, in the case of mobile users, take a snapshot of text with their phone cameras, and then convert these images to text.

"This is useful for things like collecting info from a poster or flyer, or making your own changes to a recipe your friend gave you," the company wrote on its blog.

Currently, the app is available in English and is compatible with Android 2.1 phones and above.