Google Teasing Google Docs Solutions for iPad and Android

Many, including me, are saying it’s about time, but then with a few new Tablets running Android due to hit the market soon, I’m guessing the timing is all a part of Google’s grand strategy. Along with the news I linked to earlier about Google adding a security layer for Google Apps account holders, Google also mentioned that it is planning to roll out changes that will allow Google Docs users to edit their docs and engage in real time collaboration. Lots of folks are excited by this and rightly so. Google Docs has become a key solution for many and having to rely on third party solutions hasn’t exactly been a smooth road so far. I’m guessing the real time collaboration is going to be the biggest key in the long run though.

Google is saying this will begin rolling out “in the next few weeks” so I’m sure we’ll hear much more about it in the near future.

I’m curious to know how GBM readers who use an iPad or Android view this news. Google Docs is not one of my go to solutions, but I’d love to know for those who do use it regularly what you think about this.

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  1. turn.self.off

    09/20/2010 at 9:55 am

    Now for Google to be a bit more flexible about what apps they allow where. Imo, they could go with looking at the capabilities of the individual device and go “ok, this has gps and phone so we allow navigation. But the screen size is outside the specs so we only allow free market apps access”.

    This way we could see Google docs on something like the Archos 101.

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  2. Bobby Keith

    09/20/2010 at 11:13 am

    A related question I have, does office.live.com (MS equivalent to Google Docs ) work with the iPad Safari? I’ve never been able to get it to work on my iPhone.

    One would think with the pace of iPad sales and the fact MS offers office on Apple products already, they would make whatever tweaks necessary for it to work with the iPad to combat iWork and now with Google Docs getting an upgrade. I personally love OneNote and if I had an iPad I could see myself using the online version quite a bit on that device.

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  3. Mike

    09/20/2010 at 8:49 pm

    This is great and would sway me a little more favorably toward ipad I think.
    However, I really need it to work off-line as well and I am certain this is not going to happen.
    What might be better than this even, is if google docs played better with Apple Numbers docs, etc…

    And while we are at it – they could beef up the db code for spreadsheets and add query forms in which return a web page of formatted data matching the query.
    That would be sweet !

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