LibreOffice coming to Android

LibreOffice coming to Android
LibreOffice is now the standard office client for Linux machines after it forked out of Open Office, and good news is that as developers are working on version 3.6.0 of LibreOffice for desktop, the mobile veresion for Android is on being developed in parallel.

The team is “working hard to make a nice viewer out of LibreOffice for Android,” Linux desktop architect at SUSE Michael Meeks said. Meeks is the person running the LibreOffice development effort.

For now, “almost the entire code-base cross-compiles out of the box,” and it compiles “acceptably.” We don't think this applies to the actual performance though, as the version is far from being final. It is barely usable on a tablet in fact, even with a keyboard and mouse.


A number of improvements will be introduced to the mobile version of LibreOffice and one of them is tiled page rendering which will allow quickly and asynchronously rendering a specific part of the document for a better user experience.

So far, though, the team is mostly focused on delivering a viewer, with editing functionality planned to be added later on. When the final version hits mobile app catalogs, expect to see “tons of UI/viewer improvements, 3D transitions, pretty page flips, and more,” Meeks concluded.

source: Michael Meeks via PC World

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7 Comments

1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I have never heard of this. Is it comparable to Microsoft Office? Or something else and I misunderstood?

2. Aeires unregistered

Me either. My office app of choice is Documents To Go, but I'll take a look at this to see what it's about.

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Ive heard of it. It is like an open soirce word procesor similar to open ofice and uses the open office base

5. jhattara

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

It's the latest incarnation of the open source office suite that started with StarOffice and later became OpenOffice. Currently the office suite to choose, if you don't want to pay for the Microsoft's Office or use an incompatible operating system.

4. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

This is the standard office program for Ubuntu and I hear it's really good.

6. vivzek

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Kingsoft office is the best office doc viewer/editor on the Android platform that I have ever used, and I have used a lot of them..

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, it include this office app which reminds me a lot of Office 2003.

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