Using a smartphone for writing documents is becoming much more common and easier thanks to Google’s Android version. However, when I tried this, one of the latest Google Apps, I found it did have a number of teething problems.
The great thing about this new application is it synchronises with a Google account that can be accessed by a smartphone. What’s more, documents can be created and stored on the go, so to speak, using a hand held device. Later, provided there is a connectivity between the smartphone and a desktop or laptop computer, they can be transferred.
I like this as I am on the go all the time, but prefer to use my laptop for serious writing.
However, there is one problem, which for me is a bit tedious rather than a major issue. The menu on the Android version of this Google App is laid out differently to the version on my laptop. This does take a little time to get used to – a bit like driving a new car; but once I did, it was pretty straightforward.
However, there is currently one feature that does not work properly; in fact it didn’t work at all. The new feature is Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This particular feature allows text pictures taken by the smartphone’s camera to be converted into a text document, which can be edited.
All in all though, despite a few teething problems, which are probably due to flaws in the application programming, Android Docs should prove a useful addition to the growing set of applications available to Android phones.