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WRITING: Quip lands on Android - Integrates nicely with Google and Android
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 05.12.13 - 17:58:20 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 7399x
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Quip is a modern word processor that enables users to create beautiful documents on any device, from phones to tablets to the laptop or desktop. It combines documents and messages into a single chat-like "thread" of updates - making collaboration easy. It allows to take notes, organize to-do lists and collaborate within your company as well as sharing folders to organize your projects at home or at work. All features work perfectly offline and changes are synchronized whenever the Internet connection is back. Now, less than four months after launch on iOS, Quip is also available on Android; since Android accounts for about 50 % of the smartphones in the US and 81% of the smartphones shipped in the world.

With Quip for Android 1.0, billions of people around the world can now create beautiful documents that are seamlessly synced across their phone, tablet, and desktop - regardless of operating system or screen size. Quip for Android is said to be the best writing experience available for Android devices since it's not a cheap and simply port of the app - it rather takes advantage of a number of features unique to Android.

Key features include:

  • Real-time, collaborative editing
  • Messaging - Every document has a chat thread
  • Offline - Edit anywhere, even on an airplane
  • Folders - Share with your family or team
  • Checklists - Interactive, shared lists
  • Diffs - Every edit is in a document news feed
  • Presence - See who's online, what they're up to
  • @mentions - Link to people and documents
  • Notifications - Know when a doc is opened
  • Read receipts - Check who's read your edits
  • Inbox - See what you haven't read

Quip automatically recognizes the Google account on the used phone or tablet so you can log in without needing a password. When you get lots of notifications about activity on your Quip documents, Quip notifications automatically stack so your notification screen doesn't get cluttered. Furthermore has the team done a bunch of work to ensure Quip works well with third party keyboards like SwiftKey and Swype, so you can write documents using your favorite custom keyboard. When you're ready to share a document on Quip, the contact list from your phone will be right at your fingertips.

Last but not least, Quip for Android is said to also work great on Android tablets. The app is designed to natively support large screen sizes like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, showing you an expanded view of your Desktop and Inbox when you open the app.

Quip for Android is available on phones and tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above, and in 11 languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, simplified Chinese, Russian, Turkish, Brazilian Portuguese, and the newest language addition to launch, Korean.

Cheers ~ Arne

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