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The official Google Docs app just received a small update that brings a couple of nice features to along for the ride: offline viewing/editing and and improved tablet interface for viewing documents.

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In order to mark a document for offline viewing, you need only tap the arrow next the entry and select "make offline." The document will then be saved to your device. Updating the saved document is just as easy - hit the "update" button. Simple and intuitive - just the way we like it.

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Also new to the app is an improved reading view for tablets. Instead of opening in the phone interface, documents will now open in a much more tablet-friendly look, with the ability to swipe back and forth between pages easily. If you want to edit the opened doc, however, you'll end up back in the same phone-esque interface as before. Hopefully El Goog is working on a tablet-optimized edit interface as well.

Still, this is a welcome update to an app that just keeps getting better.


Thanks, Nicholas!
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.

  • Blahbal

    2 menu buttons on nexus?

    • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

      Even after Google published an article about explicitly NOT doing that... :-/ C'mon, Docs team! Get it together!

  • https://steamcommunity.cim/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Oh yay! Offline syncing is definitely going to be useful on tablets.

  • J-Dog

    "Instead of opening in the phone interface, documents will not open in a much more tablet-friendly look, with the ability to swipe back and forth between pages easily."

    So how exactly is it opening if it will NOT open in a much more tablet-friendly look :)

    • jordanjay29

      I think it was a typo, which they meant to type 'now'.

      But it's also inaccurate. Only word processing files and pdfs will open in this new interface, spreadsheets stay in the same old web browser widget view.

  • http://www.androidtravels.com Brian

    Looks great. I look forward to trying it out.