Android Apps

Google Docs for Android gets better browser and document preview for Honeycomb

October 5, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Productivity, Tools


The Google Docs app has been redesigned for Honeycomb tablets with a new 3-panel design on the homescreen. Though some users may be disappointed to learn that the actual page where a user edits and adds to a document still relies on the Google Docs Mobile page, the browsing feature has been given a nice upgrade.

Keeping in line with Google’s more recent design changes that reflect the theme of Google Plus, Docs has been reformatted to have a panel showcasing filtering options (Owned by Me, Starred, All Items, My Collections, Collections shared with me), a list of files, and a preview pane on the far right. The right panel can be accessed by tapping a small arrow; it will then reveal a preview of the document, along with date statistics and which users are able to access the document.

I’m still waiting on Google to give Docs a text entry and editing view that better resembles the web-based app, but the Honeycomb-style improvement to browsing is a welcome change. Other new features of the app include:

  • Autocomplete to make it easier to share with contacts
  • Available in 46 languages
  • Better video playback
  • Better performance on Honeycomb (Android 3.0+)
  • Landscape or portrait mode

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