One of Google Docs most compelling and useful features is its ability to post additions and changes to documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real-time, allowing for easy and effective collaboration with multiple users. With the Google Docs app for Android designed to bring the same experience to the mobile space, many people have been clamoring for the real-time collaborating and editing in the desktop version on their mobile phones in order to increase the productivity.
Now, the wait is over with the updated Google Docs app version 1.0.54 for Android phones and tablets.
This updated version of the app comes with many useful features and an improved UI that makes editing documents easier on the go. Such features include popular text-formatting options such as bold, underline, and font/background color. There are also bulleted and numbered lists options as well as indentation for paragraphs. But the most useful feature in this update is editing in real-time between users on phones, tablets, and computers. Now users can have a unified experience collaborating with others easily and effectively.
Here’s a full list of features listed for the update in the Android Market:
1. Seamlessly create, view and edit any type of Google document with the new Android editor.
2. Rich text formatting (bold, italics, underline) and also options to change font color, background color and font size.
3. Integration of layout tools like bulleted lists, numbered lists, indentation
4. Real-time collaboration – see who is editing or viewing that document right now.
5. Better cursor controls and highlighting
In addition, you can also click a picture of printed text and convert/scan it to a Google document with the proprietary OCR technology.
This update as well as the last one which brought offline access for documents provide huge improvements to the mobile experience of document editing and collaboration. To view the app in action, here’s a promotional video from Google. To start collaborating, download the app today for devices running Android 2.1 or higher and simply tap on a document to edit.
Here is how the app will look and work (Click on the thumbnails for larger images):