Feb 23, 2012
One of the biggest complaints about the Google Docs app on Android as it stands is that it lacks any kind of native editing. The features in the app support native features, like ocular character recognition, and offline document synchronization, but the editors have been wrapped in web views. This is starting to change, as now Google Docs for Android supports native text editing.
This native editor supports basic text editing functions: bold, italics, underline, list items, all that would be necessary for a text editor on a phone or tablet. The document then is saved to Google Docs, and available anywhere Google Docs access is available. Web editing mode is still available for those that preferred that. As well, it’s now easy to add collaborators to a document: just tap the contact button in the top right, and they can either edit or view documents as well. Spreadsheet editing is still done in the web wrapper, though. However, given the lack of quality text editors on Android, this is an important start, especially with the cloud access that Google Docs provides. The update is compatible with both phones and tablets, and is available now.