Google Docs goes mobile on Android 2.2 and iOS devices

18 Nov 2010

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Google has developed a mobile version of its Google Docs productivity platform to enable information workers to edit documents and spreadsheets from their mobile’s browser or on their iPad.

The real-time application means users can edit or update documents live and friends or colleagues can collaborate from anywhere.

“You can take minute-by-minute notes at a concert so you’ll always remember the setlist,” said Andrew Grieve, a software engineer at Google. “And your friends can jealously follow in real-time at home.”

Mobile editor

To get started, visit docs.google.com in a browser on a supported device, and select the document you want to edit. Then, when you’re viewing it, press the ‘Edit’ button to switch to the mobile editor.

“With Google Docs, we’re always trying to make you more productive — and part of that means making it possible for you to get things done from anywhere, at any time. That’s why we’re excited that the new documents editor now supports editing on your mobile browser.”

In the next few days, Google will be rolling the Google Docs mobile editor to English-language users around the world on Android with Froyo (version 2.2) and on iOS devices (version 3.0+), including the iPad.

“We’ll be adding support for other languages soon. And as before, we also support editing of spreadsheets from your mobile device’s browser,” Grieve said.

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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