Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Google Docs Editing for Android

Google will finally bring documents editing feature for Apple iPads and Android OS based devices in the coming few weeks. At an annual Cloud Computing Event in Europe - Google Atmosphere, Google demonstrated editing capabilities in Google Docs for Android and the iPad. This long awaited feature support will please several Android smartphone and Apple iPad owners. Do note that Samsung Galaxy Tab is also a tablet that runs Android and obviously supports this new feature.

The tablets based on iOS and Android OS would get some brownie points to compete against the netbooks. Google Docs will then compete with Apple's own iWork Apps that are sold for $10. Dave Girouard, the president of Google Enterprise, wrote in a blog post on the official Google blog, "we demonstrated new mobile editing capabilities for Google Docs on the Android platform and the iPad. In the next few weeks, co-workers around the world will soon be able to co-edit files simultaneously from an even wider array of devices."

This feature is going to be crucial for the tablet devices as a majority of the owners would find the touchscreen based document editing more intuitive. Business segment individuals would certainly love this feature for their Android based smartphones as well as Apple iPad tablet. Now it would be interesting if this feature addition will actually work as one of the influencing factors for any potential Apple iPad or Galaxy Tab buyer.

Once again, the tussle between Android and Apple iOS platform will get fierce. Google has taken web based route to step on Apple's walled garden. Instead of releasing any app that supports Google Docs editing, Google took a smart step to enable that feature through browser itself. Google has jabbed not only Apple but Microsoft's Office Live web apps too.

Apple iPad will compete head-to-head against Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet. Which of them will win isn't important at this moment. The fact that cloud-based document editing is finally en route is more important. However, at this moment, it's not clear if this functionality will be available only to Google Apps owners.