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  • Google Docs Goes Mobile in Sweet iOS Upgrade



    Google Docs is going to find some new friends in iPhone owners who will now be able to read their documents on their favorite smartphone. All told, Google is expanding the reach of the Google Docs viewer into iPhone, iPad, and Android territory with the new-found ability to open and read a plethora of never before available document formats for viewing on mobile devices.

    Mickey Kataria, a Google Docs software engineer, says that the mobile version of the Google Docs will "help you view PDFs, .ppt, .doc and .docx files you've uploaded to your documents list, without needing to download the file." With the mobile viewer you can now "switch quickly between pages and pan/zoom within a page." Working as well as anyone could hope, in the short while I've been tinkering with this new ability, it's hard to imagine returning to a time without it.

    As the iPhone rapidly becomes more business-friendly, the expansion of access to a greater variety of file types will come as a great benefit to iOS. While these new bells and whistles come as a welcome development for all, Google has been laying the groundwork for the mobile version of Google Docs for quite some time. For months now, Google has allowed users to store a wide breadth of file types (up to 1Gb of data) online in Google Docs. But previously, this cloud-based data could only be retrieved and viewed on non-mobile devices.

    So while the big story in recent days has been the launch, subsequent supply drama, and unavoidable complaints surrounding the iPhone 4 release, one of the biggest complaints of many Google fans and iPhone owners - the inability to view PDFs, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint files on the go - has now been resolved with the new upgrade from Google Docs.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Docs Goes Mobile in Sweet iOS Upgrade started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. rawhog's Avatar
      rawhog -
      Awesome! Where do I download it?
    1. slbenficaboy's Avatar
      slbenficaboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by rawhog View Post
      Awesome! Where do I download it?
      I think its just the google docs website, mobile version
    1. rawhog's Avatar
      rawhog -
      Found a $2.99 app in the app store.
    1. buckhole's Avatar
      buckhole -
      As slbenficaboy was trying to say, it's not an app. It's like google voice, you go to a website using your browser. http://docs.google.com

      The apps in the app store are all 3rd party.
    1. OneCrayon's Avatar
      OneCrayon -
      you can only view, not edit
    1. UTPharmer's Avatar
      UTPharmer -
      Can't wait until it's a editor and not just a viewer.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Never heard of google docs before
    1. river0's Avatar
      river0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by buckhole View Post
      As slbenficaboy was trying to say, it's not an app. It's like google voice, you go to a website using your browser. http://docs.google.com

      The apps in the app store are all 3rd party.
      As buckhole points out, you won't find Google Docs (GD) in the Apple App store. BUT you will find it by pointing your browser to the website Buckhole gives: http://docs.google.com.

      You may have to have a Google Mail account to access GD (I'm not sure, but it required me to log in). Then you type Google Docs in the search field and the page with the app appears. Download the Google Docs app and you're ready to go.

      I haven't explored it much yet, but I slready love its voice search feature. Ask "how many gallons in a barrel of oil?" and POW, you have your answer.