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February 22, 2012

Google Docs for Android Adds Real-Time Collaboration

When Google released the Android app for Google Docs, the application didn't include many features that weren't available from the browser. The latest updates made the app more useful: there's a better tablet interface, offline access to your documents and now you can edit documents collaboratively.

The most powerful Google Docs feature (real-time collaboration) is now available on Android devices and you don't have to switch to the desktop interface. You can see the changes in real-time and all you edits are saved almost instantly. While the Android editor lacks many features that are available in the desktop version, you can use rich text formatting: bold the text, change the color, create lists, indent paragraphs, undo and redo the changes.

"We've brought the collaborative experience from Google Docs on the desktop to your Android device. You'll see updates in real time as others type on their computers, tablets and phones, and you can just tap the document to join in. We also updated the interface to make it easier to work with your documents on the go. For example, you can pinch to zoom and focus on a specific paragraph or see the whole document at a glance," informs Google.

Suddenly, the mobile web app pales when compared to the native app and that's probably the reason why the Google Docs mobile site promotes the app every time you go there.


  1. but i still found that the navigation of this google doc kind a hard

  2. i hope it can make thing easier.. need to revamp dear google

  3. Nice to see this app. Would be very helpful to many of us. Meanwhile, I've come across some new tools which looks very interesting and handy for collaboration .
    One such tool is CollateBox . Just registered with this one found their video looks neat..Eagerly waiting for this one.


  4. Google has introduced it's latest version of Google docs application with lots of new changes and improvements. I must say those are some wonderful changes.

  5. I also agree with Gasolina and I hope now Google has made lot of new improvements which would be more helpful to users.

  6. There seems to be a table support problem with the new version. Tables worked fine before, please fix this ASAP!

  7. Voah. This is exactly the kind of stuff that validates the choices you made. I enrolled in this course over the iPhone one and the recent buzz about Android has totally validated the claims. How cool it is to see reports like this.

    With Google desktop, Ubuntu integration, Goggles and multiple display options, Android is surely going places :)