Google Docs gets offline mode and improved tablet viewing

Google Docs gets offline mode and improved tablet viewing
The official Google Docs app for Android just got a pretty nice update today which brings a bunch of new options which all fall under the header of offline mode, as well as a small update for tablet users.

The offline mode options are the meat of this update, so we'll tackle those first. Setting certain docs for offline use works the same way as offline mode in Google Music - you choose the files that you want to have access to offline through the item menu on each file, then the file will be downloaded. Of course, since Docs is all about changing files where Music is just straight syncing, there are more options. You have the ability to edit, rename and star offline files, and those changes will sync automatically when you are on a WiFi connection. It is also possible to manage offline docs and see when a doc is out of date. 

The other update is a minor one, which improves "reading experience" on Android tablets. This means that docs will no longer open in a phone-friendly layout, but rather in a layout better designed for tablets. Unfortunately, this layout is only for viewing docs, and when you go to edit, it will switch back to the more phone-friendly layout. There is also a new gesture which lets you swipe between pages. 

Not a bad update, so if you want to grab Google Docs, it's available for free in the Android Market


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