Google seems hard at work on the Android version of Google Docs. They added support for offline viewing just a few weeks ago. Now another significant update is coming down the tubes and to your phone.
This time around the buzz-worthy feature is real time collaboration. Google Docs has offered this feature on the PC for some time, and it seems to receive a fair amount of use. Android users can now see real-time updates and join in collaboration by tapping on a document. The smaller display on a smartphone does make it harder to keep up with your PC-using peers, but you can at least be present.
You can at least be present if you’re editing a text document, that is. Real-time spreadsheet collaboration is still unsupported. Hopefully an update for that is around the corner.
Another major enhancement is rich text editing. You can now bold text, add colors and include lists. Previously these rather basic features were entirely absent, severely limiting the use of Google Docs as a mobile document editing option. Although this may not be as cool as the addition of collaboration, it’s at least as important, and will reduce the frustrations of many users.
You can download the new Google Docs app by visiting the Android market, where it is (of course) available for free. It requires a device running Android 2.1 or better.
Source: Google Docs For Android
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