Google has boosted Docs for Android with native editing and real-time collaboration functionality. The company also improved presentations in Google Apps.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Docs for Android
some much-longed-for features Feb. 22, including native editing and real-time
Prior to this
upgrade, available now in the Android Market for Android 2.1 devices and up,
the native Docs for Android app was a read-only program.
wanted to edit their documents had to do so in their Android handset or tablet
browsers. Naturally, the lack of editing capability in the native app, which is
faster than the Web app, was a glaring hole.
real-time collaboration, Google leveraged the edit-as-you-type functionality
that existed in the now-defunct Google Wave platform.
That is, users
of Android handsets, tablets or computers can see their collaborators' cursors
typing in a document, whereas previously this feature was only available in
desktop editing. Users can simply tap a button to join in the editing.
Google also added formatting for rich text
will lets users create bullet lists on the fly and bring boldface type or color
document editing may not seem like a big component of Google Docs today. But it
will become more important as the world moves increasingly to mobile
applications, particularly those based in the cloud. Google also made Docs for Android available
offline earlier this
In addition, Google
fine-tuned its editor for new presentations in Google Docs, adding the discussion feature
available for documents.
discussions feature will let users comment on slides, and send email
notifications when someone is added to a comment thread. Presentation
proprietors may also give other users the ability to comment onbut not edita
noted that users who want to convert existing presentations to the new version
of the editor can create a new presentation and import their slides by selecting
"import slides" from the "file" menu.
The changes to
the presentations editor come months after Google added real-time collaboration
presentations, and added simple fades, 3D effects, animations, drawings and new
themes to spruce up the application's visual appeal.