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I don’t know about you, but I don’t understand why Google, the company who brought us Android, fails to offer a good tablet app for each and every other product/service they offer.
How do they expect developers to optimize their Android apps to support the bigger screens when Google doesn’t. Among the few dedicated apps that Google has offered in the past two years worth mentioning are Gmail and Google Docs. The latter just received an update that brings one important function: offline editing support, along with compatibility with Android 4.0 ICS.
This means you can now edit documents when your tablet is not connected to the Internet and everything is uploaded automatically to the cloud once your connection comes back online. Works over WiFi too (it’s the way it should be). The update takes place automatically, but you can do it manually from within the app, by tapping the dedicated Update button.
I’m curious to know what happens when you edit a document offline and then edit it online on another device: what happens when the previously offline device tries to upload its copy of the document? I hope Google did something smart to avoid this type of conflicts, as I’m sure it’s not just my concern.
The document editing/viewing screen was also updated to display a high resolution version of the current document. Swiping left and right navigates through pages, or you can use the bottom slider for that. Here are two screenshots from the new Google Docs Android App.