Google Enables Real Time Collaboration On Android Devices

Google announced an update to Google Docs for Android that enables real-time collaboration. With this update, you'll now be able to collaborate using Google Docs for Android just as you would with Google Docs on your PC. Google also updated the interface for Google Docs for Android so it's easier to work on documents from a mobile device while on the go. The update includes pinch to zoom features and rich text formatting so you'll be able to create bullet lists, add color, and more.

Collaborate and edit anywhere with the updated Google Docs for Android

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | 11:17 AM

As I was sitting on the ferry commuting to Google’s Sydney office this morning, two thoughts occurred to me. First, Australia is beautiful. If you’ve never been here, you really should visit. And second, it’s amazing how productive I can be with just my Android phone and an Internet connection. I was responding to email, reading news articles, and editing documents—just like I do at the office. Only the view was better!

We want to give everyone the chance to be productive no matter where they are, so today we’re releasing a new update to the Google Docs app for Android. We've brought the collaborative experience from Google Docs on the desktop to your Android device. You'll see updates in real time as others type on their computers, tablets and phones, and you can just tap the document to join in.

We also updated the interface to make it easier to work with your documents on the go. For example, you can pinch to zoom and focus on a specific paragraph or see the whole document at a glance. We also added rich text formatting so you can do things like create a quick bullet list, add color to your documents, or just bold something important. Watch the new Google Docs app in action:

If you want to hear about the latest Docs news or send us feedback on the new app, visit Google Docs on Google+.

Gotta run—I’ve got another ferry to catch!

Posted by: By Vadim Gerasimov, Software Engineer