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Google Docs for Android updated, offline access added

Google Docs looks a bit different

Android users that open their Google Docs on a tablet app will notice a few changes, and although minor, the aesthetic changes alongside the function updates make the app extremely useful for anyone who relies on their phone in the field while working, especially in rural areas that drop signals frequently.

First, Google has announced that Android tablet users will see a new reading layout so that when a Google document is opened on a tablet while online, a high-resolution version of the document is offered and swiping left and right flips between pages of the documents, or a slider at the bottom of the page can flip pages more quickly.

The big news for all Android users

The big news, however, is that any Android device now has the ability to make any Google Doc available offline for when you don’t have any connection to the internet, especially when your signal has dropped. Any file in Google Docs can be selected and made available offline so that a connection to those files is always available, but this setting must be changed while actually connected to the web, so important docs that you need in the field should be updated right away with the “make available offline” option.

In a statement, the company noted, “Even better, Google Docs automatically updates your offline files when you’re on Wi-Fi. You can also manually update files anytime you have a data connection by opening the file or tapping ‘Update’ from the Offline section of the app.”

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This is an extremely useful feature for people who need to save a document and reference it while mobile, from lists of marketing tasks, team members’ contact information with notes, frequently accessed contracts, or simply a running list of notes kept updated through Google Docs.

Google is continuing their quest to be the sole destination for all web use, and while this isn’t exactly a headline grabber that trumps Facebook’s announcement of a $5 billion IPO, it is a minor tweak with a major impact for mobile workers.

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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