The Google Docs for Android app just received an update that makes it even more like its desktop counterpart. It brings a number of new features to both phones and tablets:

  • Create, view and edit Google documents with our new Android editor
  • Rich text formatting (bold, italics, underline, font color, background color)
  • Layout tools (bulleted lists, numbered lists, indentation)
  • Real-time collaboration - see edits from others in seconds
  • Cursor presence and highlighting

Here's a look at the new interface:


Unfortunately, this new interface only applies to standard documents; spreadsheets still use the mobile web interface inside of the app. Hopefully El Goog is working on an update to improve that interface, as well. Oh, and while we're making feature requests, offline editing would be nice.

Still, this is definitely a pretty major step forward for Docs' mobile app, so hit the widget below to grab it.

[Google Mobile Blog]

Cameron Summerson
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  • John

    FREAKING FINALLY. It was such a needed upgrade!

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Right on, Google! Finally, a usable Docs interface. Spreadsheets next please!

  • Lennatron

    The video is So cool!!!

  • Lone McCord

    the guy with the tablet 9see above screen shot) needs to plug it in!

  • http://www.academia-nutcrackers.com Sven Enterlein

    I apologize in advance if I come across as negative but what is the big deal with Google Docs? I uploaded just two standard documents that I regularly work with at my job and not even the most basic features are displayed correctly (all based on the web version):
    - text in a spreadsheet cell is cut off although the adjacent cell is empty and the text should "flow over"
    - charts were not displayed at all when placed in a spreadsheet
    - tables are not formatted correctly in a Word file
    - formatting issues everywhere

    So unless you are working with the most basic files then Google Docs would be the last of my choices... Unfortunately, Android does not offer any good Office suite solution in general but I am hopeful that the whole Ubuntu/Android hybrid will work out!

    • Shark

      QuickOffice isn't bad IMO. Documents to Go is decent as well.

      • http://www.academia-nutcrackers.com Sven Enterlein

        I've done a thorough review of 5 office suites over ad XDA and none is really usable :(

        • http://www.academia-nutcrackers.com Sven Enterlein

          ... at* XDA I mean...

        • Denbo

          Sven I do not particularly like Google Docs either but to say that apps like QuickOffice or Polaris office are 'unusable' is complete bullsh*t.

          No one is expecting them to do pivot tables fcol

  • engh

    Yeah! Way to go google! Cannot open documents anymore! CRASH!

  • Dr. Steve

    I hope this fixes the text selecting Android has. The upgrade in 2.3 was nice, but it never gets to the edge, stopping short at the letter before it. Very frustrating.

  • http://mobilepaprika.com powell

    There is one thing I really hate in this release. I does not have two separate modes for viewing and editing documents, so now it is easy to accidentally insert one character, then - of course - there is no "Cancel" or "Discard" button and I have to click the left arrow icon before I leave the document. Very annoying.