Today Google announced that document editing is now supported on your mobile browser. This means that we can now edit documents from iOS and Android devices. This move made my iPad more useful in my personal and professional lives. As I told in my Sliderocket post yesterday, we are seeing an increase in the use of smartphones and tablets among the mobile workforce. This move by Google clearly helps such people and it also adds more value for Google Apps.
We have a completely different landscape than what we had few years back. The mobile workforce is exploding and smartphones and tablets have replaced laptops as their main work device. Sales presentations have moved from Boardrooms to Bathrooms (yes, literally). The release of smartphones like iPhone and Android started this shift initially and iPad has finished it off, changing the mobile workforce landscape forever. Even an individual professional like me rely on iPad more than Laptop for my travel needs and with the release of version 4.2 of iOS, this is only going to increase further.
As Google points out in their post, you and your team can work on any document whether you are on the bus or train or you are enjoying a game at a ballpark or instantaneously take notes in a conference and share it with colleagues in real time. Now iPad and iPhone users need not shell out $20 for Pages and Keynote apps and use Apple’s pathetic cloud offering to host the documents. Google already supports editing of spreadsheets using the mobile browsers and this announcement fills the gap with documents.
Check out this video by Google where they demo the editing of document using mobile browsers.
- Google Docs Editing Finally Comes to iPhone and iPad (macstories.net)
- Google Docs Now Allows Editing on Mobile Devices [Video] (lifehacker.com)
- Google Docs can now be edited on iPhone, iPad (macworld.com)
- Google Docs Available For iPad, Mobile Phones (GOOG, AAPL) (businessinsider.com)
- Google Docs gets mobile editing support on Android 2.2 and iOS (downloadsquad.com)
- Google Docs Goes Mobile (wired.com)
- Mobile editing of Google Docs now available for Android, iPhone, and iPad (intomobile.com)
- Google (Finally) Brings Docs Editing To Mobile Devices (informationweek.com)
- Google Takes the Mobile Shackles Off Docs (gigaom.com)
- Edit Google Documents With iPhone , iPad or Android (mwd.com)