There’s no doubt about the fact that Google Docs for Android is a great app with a nice interface and cool features. We talked about it last year when it introduced OCR and better editing features.
However, being a mobile app, it is kind of destined to lag behind its desktop counterpart. The mobile platform, be it iOS or Android, has its limitations and hence not every app can offer all the features that it clubs with its corresponding desktop tool. With Google Docs for Android too there were such caveats, one of them being unavailability of real-time collaboration and editing which was a prime jewel in the desktop, or rather, online tool’s arsenal. Well, not anymore.
A week ago the Google Docs team introduced this feature in the Google Docs for Android app. This means users can now collaborate on the go in real-time, clearly seeing what the other person is writing while editing the document.
You can now easily add collaborators on a document that you are viewing on your portable Android device.
As you see in the screenshot below, different people are editing the same document and their text has different colors along with their name popping on top of it as they write the sentence. All this on your Android phone or tablet.
Apart from adding real-time collaboration, the interface of the Google Docs app was also updated and features like ability to pinch and zoom into a document were added.
So if you’ve been using Google Docs on your Android and did not know that these features existed, it’s time to give them a shot.