Google Enterprise President Dave Girouard said mobile editing capabilities are coming for Google Docs on Google Android and Apple iPad devices.
Google in the coming weeks will unveil mobile editing
functionality for Google Docs running on Google's Android and Apple's iPad.
Google Enterprise President Dave Girouard, who noted
that Google Apps now has 3 million business customers, said his team demonstrated
the tools at the Google Atmosphere cloud computing event in Paris Sept. 20.
Girouard, tasked with leading the company's cloud
collaboration efforts versus
Microsoft, IBM and a litany of other players, wrote:
"In the next few weeks, co-workers around the world
will soon be able to co-edit files simultaneously from an even wider array of
Google declined to provide more specific information for
eWEEK on this functionality.
However, this functionality is a welcome step up from the current mobile Docs
capability, which only lets users view documents. Google CEO Eric Schmidt in April emphasized
the importance of building for mobile first.
Android and iOS (OS for the iPad) are two of
the hottest development platforms in the mobile market. So it makes sense that
Google would want to secure more prominent placement for its Docs collaboration
For Google, getting any of its mobile applications
running on iOS is an important feat. The platform is second to only RIM in the
United States in market share, according to comScore
More Google Apps running on the iPhone or iPad means more
advertising opportunities for Google.
To wit, Google also upgraded its Google Earth for iOS app
to support ocean views. Google Earth 3.2 for iOS now allows the millions of iPhone,
iPad, and iPod touch users to explore undersea terrain by swiping the screen
with two fingers to pan around.
Google Earth 3.2 for iOS also offers native support for
the iPhone 4 and iPod touch's retina display.
Users may download the free app from the Apple App Store or navigate to
http://m.google.com/earth in their mobile browser. Or, users can scan the app's QR code here
to add it.