November 17, 2010, 1:49 PM — Google talks about Web apps being the future, but the company sometimes takes a while to bring some of its most powerful features to all devices. Case in point: after four generations of the iPhone, seven months of the iPad, Google Docs can finally be edited on iOS devices.
Announced on the official Google Docs blog, Google has updated its document editing tools for Apple's mobile devices and will be rolling out the changes to all users (including, presumably, those on Google Apps) within the next week or so. This means that now, no matter where you are, your boss can text you to get crackin' on that company memo in the shared Google Docs folder. Indeed, it's a brave new world of eterna-productivity.
Fortunately, editing Google Docs while mobile will harness Google's real-time-ish features. If others are editing the document with you, changes you make on your iPhone or iPad should appear almost instantly for your collaborators, and vice versa. Check out the demo video Google produced, embedded below, to get a feel for how these new features work.
Google will roll this mobile editing ability out first to English-language users with an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 3.0 or later, as well as Android users with a device running Android OS 2.2 or later. Other languages will follow soon.