I first caught the news via the Android Guys a couple of days ago, and it’s fairly huge. Google is now making Google Docs editable on Android devices — and for good measure the wildly-popular hobbled Apple Internet appliances as well.
Off the top of my head, the following products have just been made irrelevant — at least for these two mobile operating systems:
DataViz and QuickOffice are probably safe for the time being — the former is now owned by Research In Motion and the latter comes bundled on Nokia’s enterprise-grade handsets. But honestly, would anyone in the market for a new smartphone not be swayed by a free office suite with redundant web backup and collaboration built-in?
As with any cloud-based data service there are some important security concerns to consider. Google probably won’t be hacked anytime soon but they might well scrape your uploaded documents to serve you more targeted advertising — or in a worst-case scenario they might be asked to turn over your uploaded files to Homeland Security.
But like so many other Google products, the convenience (and price) are fairly compelling.
I’ve tried it on my Nexus One and it works as promised. As everything is done in the browser a working Internet connection is needed, but as I wrote previously that’s pretty much par for the course with an Android device.
Looks like I’ll be ending my OfficeSuite for Android trial a little early… 😎