If you have been using Google Docs on your Android phone, you have probably noticed that apart from visiting the website, there has been quit few ways to manage and edit documents on your Android without the use of third party apps. Google has now released their own Google Docs app, which makes it simple to create and edit documents.

You’ll get a list of your documents that you can share, and edit or you can create a new one. A really cool feature is the ability to take a photo of a document, upload it to Google and Google will try to convert the image to plain text. But this is not working very well at the moment.

When you edit documents, you will still need to do so in a built-in browser. It is still inconvenient to be forced to edit documents outside of the app, but it works for basic editing. But a very nice feature is thee ability to share documents in a simple manner with your friends.

Here are some of the features you will find in Google Docs for Android:

  • Designed for Android to save you time finding your docs
  • Edits to your documents appear to collaborators in seconds
  • Make quick changes to spreadsheets
  • View your documents, PDFs, images and more
  • Upload and convert files to the Google Docs format
  • Take a photo of printed text and convert it to a Google document
  • Share docs with your phone’s contacts

It works better than the old solution where you had to use the browser, but Google Docs still leaves a few features to be desired in the future. It still has a way to go before it gets really smooth on Android. But at least it has arrived, and it will probably be adding even more new features in the near future.

You can read the starters guide here and download Google Docs for Android here.

(via Androidguiden)