Google Docs viewer on Mobile Browsers

Monday, June 28, 2010 | 11:38 AM

(Cross-posted with the Google Docs Blog)

Last week, we announced that the Google Docs viewer supports .doc and .docx attachments. Today we’re also releasing a mobile version of the Google Docs viewer for Android, iPhone and iPad to help you view PDFs, .ppt, .doc and .docx files you’ve uploaded to your documents list, without needing to download the file.

With our mobile viewer you can switch quickly between pages and pan/zoom within a page. On your iPhone and iPad, you can pinch to zoom in or out.

You can try it out by going to docs.google.com on your Android-powered device, iPad or iPhone and select any document in these formats that you've previously uploaded. Let us know what you think in the Mobile Help Forum.

48 comments:

the plunge said...

When will we be able to actually edit the documents on mobile devices? Seems like a fairly noticeable non-feature.

wayne sutton said...

Wondering the same thing. Need a way to edit docs and Google Wave on mobile devices.

DaveF said...

Yes, lack of editing on my iPad broswer is a huge disappointment.

Skipper said...

Agreed with the ability to edit. I can edit now with a third party Android app, but the usability is a bit clunky. I'd really love some fist party functionality for editing.

Ahmed Eltawil said...

Umm...when is Android 2.2 Froyo coming out for Nexus One?

Pete said...

When will nested folders be supported on mobile docs? I just see a bunch of random un-nested folders all over the place, its pretty irritating that you can't browse the true folder structure to find docs...

Ricky Spears said...

Do you have any update yet on when we'll be able to EDIT GoogleDocs on our Android devices? There is one app that allows some plain text editing, but nothing that allows full Rich-Text editing. And the programs that do allow Rich-Text editing don't synchronize with GoogleDocs. Frustrating!

Markus said...

what about a native android app :) .. pleaseeeeee

Christian said...

When will we be able to actually edit the documents on mobile devices? Seems like a fairly noticeable non-feature.

I have to be the 1 millionth person to concur.

This is nuts.

And a native Android app is a no brainer. What is going on? I use GDocs which is great, but how can you not have your own app? Or be able to edit online? It boggles the mind.

EPSB TIPS Team said...

I'll add my voice, and the voice of many others in our EDU domain, to the chorus of users who are asking for the ability to actually DO SOMETHING with google docs on mobile devices.

Tornadoes28 said...

What took you so long to get this out?

JPL said...

Show some love to BlackBerry users.

Thomas said...

Desperately need to be able to edit documents. I would have just "liked" one of the others or promoted their comment, but am just piling on since those options weren't here.

Thomas Denmark said...

edit ability on the iPhone/iPad please.

MarketingOC said...

A definite step in the right direction - but echoing the many other comments - it's document editing on the Ipad that is the real must have feature that I await with great anticipation.

Todd said...

+1 to the "Please, please, please let us edit google docs" list. Google Docs Spreadsheets would make my life so much easier.

patrick.klepek said...

+1 for editing privileges, please. But this is a welcomed edition.

frog said...

Also waiting for native edit feature.

Revtim said...

We've been asking for the ability to edit docs on Android since the G1 was released. We've been able to *view* docs since day 1, this isn't much of an improvement.

--- said...

To all the people complaining of a lack of document editing on the iPad, I would like to dutifully point out as a Google fan that the iPad definitively lacks Flash Player, making the construction of an online document editor problematic. Basically, what I'm saying is that it's Apple's fault.

Josh Centers said...

I was thrilled when I saw there was n update for Mobile Docs, then royally disappointed when I found that editing is still left out.

So I'll repeat what everyone else is saying: Please include full mobile editing, or even better, a native Android app. A native Android Tasks app would be nice as well, especially if you ever hope to get taken seriously by the enterprise.

ibid. said...

Since no one is really saying this, but I'm sure we're all thinking it — what about the ability to edit docs? I'd love to have this!

Darren said...

this looks sweet.

looks like you can edit spreadsheets.

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Brent Rose said...

PLEASE create a native Google Docs app for Android that will allow us to edit (and use offline). It's baffling to me (and clearly many others) that this doesn't exist already. Google Docs is one of the most important things your company does!

putt1ck said...

Umm, Google? ODF is something you actively promote?

Marius said...

Maybe this has been said too many times, but what of S60 support?

Chris Moran said...

at the risk of a text lashing... what about WiMo devices?

Ivan said...

This still NOT good enough especial with the folders. It should show the root folder and one click it should go down to sub folders and go on.
then only show the files inside the sub folder and not shown "no files found" It should work some things like musics playlist. else it look messy.

Thanks

Max @ TJ said...

Yep, I'm with everyone else here - when are we going to be able to edit documents either via the site or via an app? I can understand the web being an issue due to coding issues in mobile versions of Safari, but what about an app?

Miracle said...

should come up with editing options... but looks like they are focusing on Executives on-the-go

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Joe said...

So what about this update is new I've always been able to view google docs as HTML, is the update the ability to view doc in there native file type? Can someone explain this

shadow said...

Nice, but when is this coming to Symbian.
Perhaps as a QT app?
Looking forward to it, Go Google

Joe said...

In google mobile apps i would love it if there was an option to go straight to the first search result webpage, like an " I'm feeling luck" button in the settings

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Bhoomika said...

We can edit with a third party Android application.I want really fist party functionality for editing.