Real-Time Collaboration for Updated Google Docs for Android
Article by George Norman
On 23 Feb 2012
On Wednesday, the 22nd of February, Google announced that its Google Docs app for Android-powered devices has been updated to version 1.0.54, thus gaining a bit of extra functionality. Chief among the app’s new functionality is the addition of real-time collaboration.

As Google explained, this new feature was introduced so that users can be productive no matter where they are, so that users can enjoy the same collaborative experience from Google Docs on the desktop on their portable Android devices. The updated Google Docs app now displays edits from others in seconds. “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,” explained Software Engineer Vadim Gerasimov.


Real-time collaboration is the new feature that stands out the most – it is not the only one though. The updated Google Docs for Android app also comes with rich text formatting capabilities, a new Android editor to create, view and edit documents, and layout tools (bulleted lists, numbered lists, indentation).

Google Docs for Android 1.0.54 comes with some visual tweaks as well. Vadim Gerasimov explains:
“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.”

So to recap, the updated Google Docs for Android app comes with the following new features:
  • Updated interface – it’s now even easier to use the app.
  • Real-time collaboration – see edits made by others in real-time.
  • Rich text formatting – bold, italics, underline, font color, background color
  • Layout tools – bulleted lists, numbered lists, indentation
  • New Android editor – create, view and edit Google documents.

If you’re interested, you can get Google Docs for Android free of charge from the Android Market here.

Tags: Google, Google Docs, Android, Android Market, Google Docs for Android
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