Google Docs for Android Now with Real-Time Collaboration - New Google Presentations Now Available!

Google Docs for Android mobile application's just released latest update made the app more useful with the addition of a better tablet interface, offline access to documents and the ability to edit & collaborate documents anywhere. Google Docs probably most powerful feature "real-time collaboration" is now available on Android devices and let you see the […]

Google Docs for Android mobile application's just released latest update made the app more useful with the addition of a better tablet interface, offline access to documents and the ability to edit & collaborate documents anywhere.

Google Docs probably most powerful feature "real-time collaboration" is now available on Android devices and let you see the changes in real-time and all the edits are saved almost instantly.

Google Docs for Android with Real-time Collaboration

"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," informs Google.

While the Android editor lacks many features that are available in the desktop version, the Docs team also added rich text formatting, so you can do things like create a quick bullet list, add or change the color to your documents, indent paragraphs, undo and redo the chnages or just bold something important.

  • Create, edit, upload and share your documents with the Google Docs app.
  • Designed for Android to save you time finding your docs
  • Edits to your documents appear to collaborators in seconds
  • Make quick changes to spreadsheets
  • View your documents, PDFs, presentations and more
  • Mark files as available offline for view access even when you're not connected
  • Upload and convert files to the Google Docs format
  • Take a photo of printed text and convert it to a Google document
  • Share docs with your device's contacts
  • Optimized experience to take advantage of larger screens for tablet users, Honeycomb (Android 3.0+)
  • Improved Google documents reading experience for tablet users

Watch the new Google Docs app in action:

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You can download Docs for Android App from the Android Market.

Also, the brand new version of Google presentations, designed to make it easier to share ideas with others is now enabled for all new presentations in Google Docs and Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education.

The new presentation editor also revceived a number of performance improvements making it easier to collaborate by bringing the discussion feature you've used in documents to presentations.

"With discussions in presentations, you'll be able to: Comment on a shape or an entire slide to give context to your discussion. Send an email notification by adding someone to a comment. Resolve comments to let collaborators know that they've been addressed, and to reduce clutter in your presentation. Plus, to make it easy to get feedback without giving up control of who can make changes, you can now give others the ability to comment on (but not edit) your presentation," informs Google.

To convert existing presentations to the new version of the editor, create a new presentation and import your slides by selecting Import slides from the File menu.

In Google Apps, "the newly added discussions to the editor just like in Docs. You can: Comment on a shape or an entire slide to give context to your discussion. Send an email notification by adding someone to a comment.

Resolve comments to let collaborators know that they've been addressed, and to reduce clutter in your presentation. Plus, to make it easy to get feedback without giving up control of who can make changes, you can now give others the ability to comment on (but not edit) your presentation," informs Google.

How to access what's new:

  • In your Docslist, create a new presentation and it will be created with the new editor.
  • Commenting:
    1. Highlight the item you'd like to comment on. You can comment at the object or slide level:
      • To comment on a shape, text box or other object highlight the shape.
      • To comment on a slide, select it in the list of slides on the left.
    2. Go to the "Insert" menu, and select "Comment." You can also use the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+M (PC) orCmd+Alt+M (Mac) to insert a comment.
    3. Click "Comment" to add it to the presentation for your collaborators to see.

To learn more about how to import your old presentations, check out these instructions.

Video: Discussions in Google Presentations

Bonus: Also, Snap to guides help you align objects with the drawings canvas or other objects that are in your Google drawing. Guides appear whenever you move an object into alignment with the border of another object.

To enable snap to guides, right-click in the drawings canvas and select Snap to guides, or click View > Snap to guides.

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