Posted by mLearnCon StaffCategories: Google/Android , Smartphone
Since Google's native app for Docs on Android came out last Wednesday, I've been giving it a test drive. Google Docs works well enough in the mobile browser, and many apps have already come out trying to provide sync and edit functions. However, nothing integrates as nicely as a native app direct from the service provider.
My intention was to type this article in Google Docs using my 5-inch Dell Streak smartphone, running Android 2.2 and paired with an Apple Bluetooth keyboard. I managed to draft an opening paragraph before switching to Evernote due to the limited editing options, but more on that later.
When you first start the Google Docs app, you are greeted with a clean, uncluttered home screen with shortcuts to all your items, collections, starred documents, and other helpful things. Text documents, spreadsheets, and PDFs all open quickly and render nicely.
There is also a home screen widget or quick access to starred documents and quick creation of new documents or photos, which Google will run through optical character recognition (OCR) to turn a photo of a document into editable text. And the native app makes sharing a document with your contacts easy.
The full article from PCWorld appears here