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Last Updated: October 7th, 2012

If there is one single Google service that I've wanted on my phone since the day I got it, it's Google Docs. That wait is finally over, because Google has released an official Docs app for Android - and it's nothing short of awesome.

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This app not only allows you to view and edit all of your Docs, but also brings a few other killer features. Firstly, it offers a widget that allows you to quickly create a new document, take a picture and upload it, or directly access your starred documents.

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The most impressive feature, however, is the ability to snap a picture of a document and turn it into a fully editable Google doc. Just create a new Document from Photo, snap the picture, and the converted doc will show up in your list. You can also convert pictures currently saved to your Google Docs account by sharing them with the Docs app.

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As always, it's free in the Market. Get it while it's hot!

Source: Google Docs Blog

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Jaymoon

    Kudos to Google for this! I'm glad Google Docs has finally arrived on Android, and not as just a "shortcut app" either.

    • Jaymoon

      Ugh, after using it for awhile, I guess it is just a shortcut app...

      It does have a nice interface and the widget, I'm sure, will be handy for someone (not me).

      Still though, Google Docs renders nicely in the stock browser, so at least Google got that right.

    • Jaymoon

      Yikes, sorry for hijacking the comments, but I did want to mention there's also a "Sync Docs" option now added to the Accounts Settings area.

      Ok I'm done now.

      • Duffin

        Where? I don't see that anywhere.

  • http://1e3t.de AndroTux

    This is a piece of shit! It took Google about 2 years to build that app and the result is a god damn browser that opens in the app.
    Thumbs down, Google!

    • Duffin

      Are you mad? I can't quite tell.

      Seriously, though, I am glad to have the app. True, it may be a glorified web link, but with it out, now they can update it. I'm certain it's not just going to be left this way and will be updated like the other apps.

      • http://1e3t.de AndroTux

        Hope so.. but this may take a looooooooooo[...]oong time..

        • Duffin

          Not necessarily. With the addition of image uploading, it looks as if Google wants to turn Docs into the place yo upload all your documents, photos, and videos. It would stand to reason that eventually they will merge everything, which will make it very important to keep updating the app.

  • http://bongizmo.com bongizmo

    The app lacks one "small" feature: native editing. HTML5 editing is just not good enough at the moment.

  • Loops

    how do you edit the docs?

    • Duffin

      You open a doc and tap the "edit" button at the top right. If there isn't one there, then it isn't editable via the mobile browser.

      • Loops

        Ahhh (duh) thank you Duffin!

  • Vert

    What does Google have against letting you delete a doc? It's a strange omission.

    • Duffin

      It's not an omission, really. The app is basically just a GUI over top of the mobile site. You can't delete files when using the mobile site, so that's why you can't with this app either.

  • S3nd41

    I wish they'd choose a template for their widgets and stick with it? This tiny blue bar doesn't have anything to do with the standard controls or the Youtube widget or anything else. Geez, can we get some standardization please? Thank you!