Google Docs app for Android released: turn photos with text into editable documents

After Google Maps, Navigation, Goggle here’s another nifty Android application from the Mountain view search giant: Google Docs for Android. This new application will let you search and filter you Google docs content and then edit it using the online editor (this means that it will open the documents trough your device’s browser). The app will also give users the ability to upload content from the phone and open attachments in Gmail. Doesn’t really sound exciting right? Yeah, Windows Phone 7 already has this covered with its Office integration.

But there’s one little feature that is sure to make things a tiny bit more interesting: If you take a photo of a document containing text the application will automatically turn the text into an editable document thanks to optical character recognition (OCR). This currently only work with English text (and doesn’t recognize hand-written text). Head over to the Android Market and grab it if you have an Android 2.1 handset. We may see something similar on WP7 in the future now that Mango allows access to the raw camera feed.


source: Google Mobile Blog