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OFFICE: Google releases Google Docs for Android - brings Office functionalities to Android
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 28.04.11 - 12:09:20 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 10702x
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While Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 comes with a pre-installed mobile Office suite, Google's Android OS hasn't have a native documents solution but Google is still focusing on its online version. Nevertheless, Google has now released the new Google Docs app for Android to follow the trend that people are increasingly using mobile phones to access, create and edit information, which can now be done with Google Docs for Android. With this new app it's easy to filter and search for content across any Google account as well as editing docs using the online mobile editors. The app also allows to easily share items with contacts on the Android device, right from within the app.

Google Docs for Android also allows to upload content from the device as well as finally open documents directly from Gmail. The app also comes with widget which can be added to the home screen for easy access to three core tasks: Jumping to starred documents, taking a photo to upload, or creating a new document with one tap.

And there's one more feature: Using Google Docs for Android and the device's camera, users can turn photos with text into editable Google documents with the power of optical character recognition (OCR). All it needs is to create a new "Document from Photo" or selecting the camera icon from the widget and the converted document will appear in the documents list shortly after the photo was snapped.

It's even possible to convert photos already stored on the phone by sharing them with the Google Docs app. According to Google, OCR does a pretty good job capturing unformatted text in English but won't recognize handwriting or some fonts yet.

The Google Docs app is currently available in English and works on Android 2.1 or higher.

Cheers ~ Arne

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