The collaborative experience of Google Docs for desktop is awesome. Multiple users can access, edit and view a single document, as they see the changes being made (by all of them) in real-time. This feature is absent from our smartphones and tablets no more, as today’s Google Docs update is bringing real-time, collaborative editing to Android devices.
One can simply join a shared document and start editing away with your team. Others can see the changes as they happen, and it is also possible to use pinch-to-zoom to see the document as preferred. Google has also included rich text formatting, allowing users to highlight, bold and use bullet lists, among all the other features you may know.
To tell you the truth, things can be a bit confusing when using this feature, especially if the users are one too many. It can get to the point where there are too many things going on, but if you can organize yourselves, it is great for any team assignment.
It might also be important to note that there are still issues with certain types of documents. For example, spreadsheets and presentations don’t working natively, with the application. Word documents are opened with the app’s native interface, while other documents are accessed via a web interface.
This can create some issues while editing, especially with presentations, which still can’t be created or edited on mobile devices. We are hoping that Google can bring some improvements to these issues soon. Such downsides deny users from fully experiencing documents on-the-go. But if word documents are your thing, then these new features are great.
The interface is now closer to a full document editor, and the collaborative experience is definitely a plus. If there is anything missing, users can share and edit documents from tablets, smartphones and computers, so everyone can just fill in and fix errors.
Check out the video below to see a demonstration, and hit the Market link to get your update! And just out of curiosity, how many of you would actually use collaborative editing?