Increasingly, people are using mobile phones to access information like email, banking, web browsing and even editing documents or team collaboration. Part of getting work done on the go is being able to easily access, edit and share content, which is why I’m happy to share with everyone the Google Docs app for Android.
With this new app it’s easy to filter and search for your content across any Google account, then jump straight into editing docs using the online mobile editors. The app also allows you to easily share items with contacts on your phone, right from within the app.
The new docs app also allows you to upload content from your phone and open documents directly from Gmail. You can also add a widget to your home screen for easy access to three core tasks: jumping to your starred documents, taking a photo to upload, or creating a new document with one tap. Within the app its possible to slide between the pages “Starred”, “All Items”, “Owned by Me” and “Home”.
And my favourite feature: Using the app and the phone’s camera, you can turn photos with text into editable Google documents with the power of optical character recognition (OCR). Just create a new Document from Photo or Select the camera icon from the widget, and your converted document will appear in your documents list shortly after you snap the picture. Yeah I know… Really groovy!
You can also convert photos already stored on your phone by sharing them with the Google Docs app. OCR does a pretty good job capturing unformatted text in English but won’t recognize handwriting or odd fonts – stay tuned, it will get better over time I’m sure!
The app is available for phones running Android 2.1 and higher and can be found in the Android Market now. And so far, its working great for me!!
Android Market Link: Google Docs