Google Docs Editing Goes Mobile

Google has just updated Google Docs with support for mobile editing on iOS or Android (2.2+) devices. Just head on over to docs.google.com to test it out. (Though it may not yet be available in your region.) As reported in September, the iPad will also be able to edit documents on the go, which may make Google Docs a viable free alternative to Apple’s Pages. At the moment, only text documents are supported, but Google plans to allow editing of spreadsheets in the not-too-distant future.

From the Official Google Blog:

That means that…
  • You can work on that important memo…while on the bus or train to work.
  • If you’re behind on a group proposal, but really want to make it to the ball game tonight, your whole team can work on it from the bleacher seats.
  • You can take minute-by-minute notes at a concert so you’ll always remember the setlist. And your friends can jealously follow in real-time at home.
  • …and the list goes on!

Check out a video demo of the real-time editing on YouTube.

[Google]

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Official Google Voice App Coming Soon?

Sean Kovacs’ GV Mobile + app has received a ton of attention and praise lately, but if TechCrunch’s sources are correct, it’s about to meet some fierce competition. According to a “source close to Google”, an official voice application has already been approved by Apple, and is awaiting an iOS 4-ready update to be released to the public. GV Mobile + does the job nicely, but being a 3rd party application, may never be able to offer every Voice feature that a 1st party application could provide.

At the moment, Google’s work-around to the App Store’s (previously) tight restrictions is an in-browser HTML5 web app, which gets the job done, but isn’t anywhere as nice as a native client. If Google’s official Voice application is approved into the App Store, it will be a complete 180* turn for Apple – and may open the flood gates for other border-line apps.

[TechCrunch]

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Google Docs Editing Headed to the iPad

Today, Google announced that the iPad will soon be able to edit documents straight from the tablet’s browser. Previously, users could only view their cloud-stored files, and not make changes. This new feature will be a great alternative for people who don’t want to plop down $9.99 for Pages, and considering all your Google Documents are available from any computer without the need to sync, it may be much more useful.

Second, today we demonstrated new mobile editing capabilities for Google Docs on the Android platform and the iPad. In the next few weeks, co-workers around the world will soon be able to co-edit files simultaneously from an even wider array of devices.

Only cloud computing is able to deliver the whole package of productivity-enhancing collaboration, superior reliability and virtually unlimited scale at a price that’s affordable for any size organization. Our Atmosphere event is a nice opportunity to step back and fully appreciate the power of the cloud with customers and future customers alike.

[The Official Google Blog via 9 to 5 Mac]

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Wikipedia App Roundup

Wikipedia is one of the greatest resources ever created, and should be easily accessible by anyone, no matter where they are. Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular Wikipedia applications on the App Store. All of them will have the most up-to-date information, and work on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Wikipedia Mobile

Wikipedia Mobile is the official Wikipedia app, so naturally it is completely free and ad-less. One of the unique features is the ability to view nearby points of interest on a map, which can be pretty interesting. The main downsides are that the app is quite slow compared to the others and has limited features, as it is essentially the mobile Wikipedia site rolled into an app. There are no tabs, so you can only view one article at a time which makes it harder to browse multiple articles.

The app is open source and community built, so if you’re a developer this could be a major plus. It’s the most basic solution and feels just like Wikipedia should, but I would stay away until they get the kinks worked out.

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Dropbox Hits The App Store

The wait is over!  The official Dropbox app has landed on the App Store!  It’s FREE and further a free Dropbox account gives you up to 2GB of free storage.  Did I mention it’s free?

For those who do not know Dropbox, it’s an incredibly easy and versatile way of syncing files between computers, iPhone’s and iPod touches; an alternative to a USB stick some may say.

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Have you got the official iPTF Screensaver yet?

If you’re lucky enough to own a Mac running Leopard, you can own the Official iPTF Screensaver, courtesy of Meikura, bgizzle and Shåwa! Click on the comment count below to be directed straight to the thread where you can then hit up the download link, install it, and give Meikura praises and feedback!

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