Google Docs Goes Mobile With Editing Feature

Search giant Google has developed a version of its Docs productivity applications for mobile devices, promising users the ability to edit and collaborate on documents and spreadsheets on the go.

Over the next few days, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) plans to roll out a new document editor optimized for mobile browsers running on its own Android operating system and rival Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS.

"With Google Docs, we're always trying to make you more productive -- and part of that means making it possible for you to get things done from anywhere, at anytime," Google software engineer Andrew Grieve wrote in a blog post.

The move continues the search giant's aggressive efforts to bring its portfolio of products built for the PC to mobile devices, a market that company executives frequently tout as the next major revenue opportunity in tech.

It also extends the company's effort to lure enterprise users away from traditional productivity software, most notably Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Office, with its cloud-based versions of word-processing, spreadsheet and other applications.

Separately, Google on Thursday rolled out a dramatic expansion of its Apps portfolio, touting the expanded menu of options and controls as a natural fit for small businesses and enterprises looking to tap into Web-based applications, such as its Picasa photo service, without abandoning needed security controls.

The mobile Docs editing feature is available for Android users with devices running version 2.2 -- what the company calls Froyo -- and users of Apple devices, including the iPad, running iOS 3.0 or later versions.

The service offers two-way collaboration, with edits made on a traditional browser appearing when a user accesses the document with a mobile device and vice versa.

For Android users, the new mobile editing feature offers speech-to-text entry.

Google first announced plans to bring a mobile version of Docs to market in September.

Kenneth Corbin is an associate editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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