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It’s been a long time coming. Google’s finally released a native Docs application for Android phones. The app allows you to add, edit and view your Google documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Sign into your Google account (if you’re on an Android phone, there’s a good chance you already are signed in) and you have access to all your data wherever you are.

An immensely useful feature is the inbuilt optical character recognition (OCR). Take a photo of some text, like a newspaper article or a business card, and the app will attempt to convert it into a normal, editable document.

The app, however, is still very bare bones. Editing documents still takes you to a browser-based interface, and is not very intuitive. But a few simple software updates can solve this problem.

Google Docs is available for free from the Android Market (Market.android.com).

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