The long-awaited Google Docs Android application lets you create, edit, and share documents right from your Android mobile device. It's minimal and intuitive, and shuffling through your documents and collections is as easy as on the full-blown site. Also, the app comes with some nice touches like an optional home screen widget and integrated Google Cloud Print, which enables you to send files to connected printers from your handheld.
When it comes to creating on the go, the Google Docs app is limited to Document and Spreadsheet types. However, this doesn't seem like much of a letdown since there are probably very few people looking to put together Presentations and Drawings on a handheld device. Editing is extremely limited, as there are no formatting buttons for elements like font, font size, color, or text alignment.
One thing you'll notice is that Google smartly put a few safeguards in place to protect against in-pocket dialing and inaccurate tapping. For instance, files automatically open in read-only mode, requiring an extra tap of a button to make edits. And in Spreadsheets, any changes made to a cell must be confirmed by hitting Submit. These are thoughtful touches, considering that Google Docs autosaves after changes and there is no Undo command.
One of the most exciting features of the Google Docs Android app is Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which can turn photos with text into editable Google documents. It performed admirably in our tests, but overall it was obvious this technology is still in its infancy. Luckily, Google says it's only going to get better.
For current Google Docs users and groups looking to collaborate on the go, Google Docs for Android is a great tool and a worthwhile download. However, we do wish it were capable of at least basic text formatting.