Google to bring editing to Docs on Android and iPad

21 Sep 2010

Internet giant Google said it will soon enable mobile editing in Google Docs on Android devices and the iPad. The company also revealed that 3 million organisations and 30 million users depend on its messaging and collaboration tools.

Dave Girouard, president, Google Enterprise, in a blog said: “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 devices.

“Only cloud computing is able to deliver the whole package of productivity-enhancing collaboration, superior reliability and virtually unlimited scale at a price that’s affordable for any size organisation.”

Two-step verification

Girouard said that in addition to the editing capabilities on the iPad, the company is also launching two-step verification to help enhance security.

“First, Google Apps Premier, Education and Government Edition administrators can now have users sign in with the combination of their password (something they know) and a one-time verification code provided by a mobile phone (something they have). Users can continue to access Google Apps from internet-connected devices, but with stronger protections to help fend off risks, like phishing scams and password reuse.

“For the first time, we’re making this technology accessible to organisations large and small without the costs and complexities that have historically limited two-step verification to large enterprises with deep pockets.

“Furthermore, in the coming months, Standard Edition and hundreds of millions of individual Google users will be able to enjoy this feature, as well,” Girouard said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years