Uploading to Cloud is something, but creating content in the cloud is something else entirely. In a day when people rarely use less than 2 different workspaces (be it computers or other devices) keeping a congruent working environment is fairly hard. Google's initiative of an online office environment has helped a lot with organizing work and sharing documents over the Internet.
Google Docs is part of the Google Drive cloud solution. It is primarily accessible through a web browser but in case you haven't already noticed it is also available as an Android app. Using the app makes for a much cleaner workspace and smoother operations since there's no browser involved.
When opening Google Docs you will be accessing your Google account. Under this account you can create, edit, share and retrieve documents. There is no need to have a constant online connection. You may tag documents and make them available offline on the current device.
Since being a mobile app and dealing with a subject that usually involves a ton of buttons and options, Google Docs manages to squeeze in the most useful tools. Of course, this means that professional text editing is not easy to do. Still, when it comes to text alignment, bullets, and hyphenation, the relevant controls will always be in view while editing.
Alternatively, there is the text menu which contains many of the same options but includes text size, font and color among others. In the Paragraph menu you may also set line spacing.
The annotation function works great in this online environment. Notes can be added to any text blurb. These can be reviewed, marked as fixed and removed as need be.
Google Docs also contains a spell checker and word counter. Another convenient tool is the Research function. With it you can access Google Search within Docs, and add text and images directly from the web.
Documents can be shared with specific people from your Google+ circles or by sending a direct link. As another option documents can also be saved locally as Microsoft Word files (.docx).
- Cloud storage
- Cloud editing
- Cloud sharing
- Incredible portability
- Convenient web access
Google Docs is a wonderful tool for storing documents, submitting and reviewing works. The Android medium and the physical limitations do force a more Spartan take on features but for all intents and purposes, it does the job.