Before now, if you wanted to access and edit cloud-based Google Docs on your Android smartphone or tablet, it meant hopping onto the web browser. Although still mainlined to the internet (there no offline viewing right now), the new Google Docs Android app, thankfully takes the faff out of this process and adds a killer feature to boot.

With its simple and clean UI, the app makes the mobile Google Docs experience relatively painless. As well as the core functionality of accessing, viewing and editing your word, spreadsheets and presentation docs, it lets you share them with contacts on your device, upload content also stored on a phone or tablet and even open up file attachments in Gmail.

However, the new genius feature is the photo to document witchcraft. Any picture you snap with the device’s camera that contains text will be converted into a document and saved to your doc stash online. Google has warned this is a work in progress and won’t recognise handwriting and some fonts, but we’re assured this will improve over time.

Lastly, the Big G has also conjured a homescreen widget that delivers super-quick access to important features like starred docs, creating new documents and camera action. Naturally, this Google app is free and ready to download from the Android Market now. You will need a Droid device rocking v2.1OS or later, however there isn’t a tablet-optimised version for 3.0 Honeycomb.

Via Official Google Mobile Blog

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