Google Docs for Android now lets users dump photos they take from their Android smartphone into a Google document.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) enhanced its native Google Docs for Android
, adding the ability to drop photos users take from their Android
smartphone right into a Google document.
The search engine in April launched the Google Docs application for
with a nifty feature that lets users turn photos with text into
documents that may be edited from smartphones.
Users simply tap a button to create a new document from
a photo or select the camera icon from the widget.
The document will then appear
in the documents list after the phone user snaps the picture. Users may also convert existing photos from their
Android phone by sharing them with the Google Docs app.
With the Docs for Android bump, users can now tap the
camera icon from the Docs widget icon on their Android phone, shoot a photo, and
then select "send to Web Clipboard" and press "OK."
Then users can
open any Google document from their computer, click the Web Clipboard icon and pick
the item to paste into their document.
Google also improved the app so that users can open
documents with any compatible viewer application or send a document as an attachment
through email or another app on their phone.
The idea is that not only can users create, edit and access documents from their mobile phone, but they can augment the
documents with photos, then save them in Google's cloud computing system for later access on desktop computers and laptops.
Such mobile workflow capabilities are important at a time when corporate professionals are increasingly tasked to complete their projects while traveling.
While the initial Docs app was available only in
English, the improved Docs app is available in 45 additional languages.