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Will mobile editing capability make Google Docs a universal killer app?

Nov 17, 2010

Google Docs is not just for show anymore on your iPhone, iPad or Android-based device.

Earlier today, Google announced that its popular cloud-based word processing and spreadsheet application will be incorporating a documents editor that supports editing on mobile browsers.


Individuals and organizations of all sizes that have grown addicted to the ease, accessibility and price (or lack thereof) of Google Docs will now certainly embrace what is already a killer web-based application on their mobile devices. The great tease of accessing Google Docs on iPhones, iPads or Androids up until now is that while viewing documents on the fly has value, the real benefit of the application is to share edits and modifications with others in your work group.

While it is still a pain to incorporate heavy edits on small screen devices, with Google officially accommodating the capability, we should expect independent developers to create applications that bring more simplicity to the process.

The implications are even greater for iPad owners or consumers planning to purchase Android-based tablet computers. Having editing functionality on the go with functionality that mirrors and expands upon Microsoft Word and Excel will make traveling without a laptop even less necessary than it already is.

By the time the next iPad and even smarter Android-based tablets come out in the coming months, this new productivity-oriented functionality may even make owning an increasingly bloated laptop device unnecessary altogether.

Stay tuned.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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