When the official Google Docs app was released a few months ago, we were all pretty excited about it. Since then, I've been using it on my phone and tablet, but have longed for an update that improved the interface on Honeycomb. That day has finally come.

Google just announced via the Google Docs Blog that an update is now available for the app, bringing an entirely new design for Honeycomb tablets. It's intuitive, fluid, and is exactly what I've been waiting on.


It features a three-pane view that allows quick access to your collections, as well as owned a starred items on the leftmost panel; a list of your docs in the middle, and a preview of the selected doc on the right. Once in preview mode, you can tap on any of the docs to get a quick glimpse of it, including who it's shared with, privileges of each person, and anyone who is currently editing the doc. To open the doc, simply tap on the thumbnail.

The update is available now in the Android Market and is definitely a must-have for anyone who's been using Docs on their tablet.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. 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-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.eurodroid.com Phil Oakley

    I really really wish you could use this app with Quickoffice.

    i.e. select and open a document in this app, and it opens in the Quickoffice editor, not the web interface.

    Or Google buy Quickoffice.

  • Amir

    That was the best news everrrrrr

  • Franz

    What we need is an iWork competitor. This app is pretty useless.

  • snowblind

    I'm still incredibly un-impressed by this. Why are they still sticking with that awful way of editing spreadsheets?

  • http://twitter.com/Neverlasting Will

    I was excited, too, until I realized that the thing that renders this app worthless, the fact that it doesn't have native document editing, has STILL not been fixed. I thought for sure the update to tablet compatibility would at least include that.

  • http://daverix.net David

    I'm disappointed. I thought they had finally fixed the editing of documents which is the only thing I use docs for. Not to view them in a web interface with terrible editing!

  • cypher

    This update seems to apply only to the view. It's the editing in this app that needs to be fixed more than anything.

    If someone's looking for a good app with which to edit Gdocs, I suggest OfficeSuite Pro 5. It syncs wit Gdocs and actually *works.* Spent an hour editing Word and Excel docs from Gdocs on it last night. Asus Transformer