Google Docs, the word processing, spreadsheet making, and presentation creating software service has finally received another update on Android. This app has been a work-in-progress for a while now, getting an offline-mode added just over a month ago. The app has yet again received an update, this time bringing another feature users have been begging for: an improved editing experience.
Up until this point, editing a document via the mobile app was a pain, and you really couldn’t do much else but add and delete text. Now, you can do things like add numbered and bulleted lists, italicize and bold print text, and even indent certain pieces of the document. It seems like these features should have been added a while ago, but now that they’re here there’s really not much complaining to do. Except one other little issue. For some reason, Google Docs still doesn’t allow you to create a document while offline. There’s no feature that allows you to create and upload when you get a data connection–nothing. If you don’t have an internet connection and you need to start a new document, you’re left out to dry. Google really needs to fix this, but we might as well try to be happy with the new features as long as we can. The following is the full list of updates:
What’s in this version:
- Create, view and edit Google documents with our new Android editor
- Rich text formatting (bold, italics, underline, font color, background color)
- Layout tools (bulleted lists, numbered lists, indentation)
- Real-time collaboration – see edits from others in seconds
- Cursor presence and highlighting