Google Docs app for Android turns your smartphone into a mobile productivity

first_imgGoogle has done an admirable job of adding functionality to the mobile Web versions of its Google Docs apps, and today they’ve announced the arrival of the Google Docs app for Android which makes working with your files on-the-go easier than ever. Unlike QuickOffice Pro or DocumentsToGo, Google Docs for Android is not actually a set of offline editing tools — those tasks are still handled by the mobile Web versions of Google’s office apps. But that doesn’t mean Docs for Android is hurting for features.For starters, there’s a home screen widget which lets you jump right in to your favorite documents or create something new. The app makes sharing documents with your phone contacts a breeze, and it also provides a convenient way to search your existing files and upload new ones directly from your smartphone or tablet.Perhaps the best feature in Docs for Android is that you’re able to utilize Google Docs’ OCR abilities, which provides an excellent way to scan and store loads of paper while you’re out and about. I’m especially excited to use this as a way to keep my expense receipts more organized. The home screen widget even sports a camera icon, which helps speed the imaging process. The only downside is that OCR only supports English at this point and that it has trouble recognizing some fonts, but it’s worked pretty well so far in my testing and Google is quick to mention that it’s going to improve over time.About all that’s missing now is offline access to the Docs Web apps themselves, and hopefully that will arrive in the near future.Read more at the Google Docs Bloglast_img read more