Google Mobilizes Docs

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Google unveiled Google Docs mobile this morning.

According to C/Net’s Crave it’s a smaller, lightweight version of Google Docs and Spreadsheets, which lets you browse any stored documents, spreadsheets, or presentations on your mobile phone.

Like the mobile version of their calendaring service, Google optimized Docs for the iPhone–making items larger, and more finger friendly.

iPhone users are also the only group who get mobile access to Google’s presentations service, which shows up in thumbnail form with simplistic back-and-forth controls.

Both services share a similar lack of editing options, as you can’t go in and make changes to an item that’s already been created.

Google Calendar mobile does let you add an item with the “quick add” feature.

In related news, Microsoft and Google are set to battle it out in the race to buy a mapping property, predicts VnuNet.

The newly combined TomTom/Tele Atlas is a likely acquisition target for Microsoft or Google says isuppli. Nokia just acquired digital mapping company Navteq in a blockbuster, $8.1 billion deal.

The analyst firm believes that Google has a greater motivation to buy TomTom/Tele Atlas than Microsoft because of its desire to offer mobile location-based services. TomTom, the world’s biggest maker of car navigation devices, is currently buying its main map supplier, Tele Atlas, for 1.8 billion euros ($2.5 billion).

Meanwhile, another piece from Google’s social project has been released.

Google Maps is becoming social with the addition of user profiles (see video above).

Om Malik notes that author Nicholas Carr writes:

“So how how long before the first Google-Apple Cloud Computer appears? I would say it’s months, not years.”

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 at 3:37 pm .

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