Saturday, July 25, 2015

Choose office suite for android-devices: Google Docs, Polaris Office and OfficeSuite 8 :: –





Mobile devices are firmly in all spheres of our activity. If smartphones remain a means of communication as was originally intended, the plates to try on the role of the various uses, including work in the office. But just a little tablet, because the most important thing – it’s part of the program. As you may have guessed, we will deal considering office suites for OC Android.

Any office application must be able to open and edit text files (doc, etc.), change the character formatting, and so on. That’s just on mobile devices is more complicated. Not only that, to implement all the functions of a full-fledged MS Office almost impossible, so also the small screens of mobile solutions dictate their conditions.

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The first thing we look at Google Docs – the most popular cloud service for editing documents. Despite the fact that he is able to edit documents offline, its main function – cooperative work on documents. But will he be able to compete with other programs? Then fit all beautiful and comfortable Polaris Office. A complete overview of the functional and very advanced application OfficeSuite 8. From official sources it downloaded over 50 million times, which is a record among office suites for OC Android. We will understand what he’s so good. The rest of the applications behind the scenes, attention will be paid in the next review.

As the test equipment used tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (CM11 based OC Android 4.4.4, the runtime ART, TI OMAP 4430 processor, 2 x 1200 MHz, PowerVR videosoprotsessor 540 384 MHz, 1 GB RAM) and smartphone Xaiomi RedMi Note (Miui V6 on OC Android 4.4.2, the runtime Dalvik, processor MediaTek MT6592, 8 x 1700 MHz videosoprotsessor Mali-450MP4 700 MHz, 2 GB of RAM). A test text editors, we will use these documents .

Google Docs


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Cloud services make their way into all niches of the software, including office applications. And what is the best known cloud service to edit documents? Of course, Google Docs – then he is the best. If the application has previously been modest functional and it works only in online mode, with the latest updates the situation has changed significantly. Will Google Docs to compete with other business applications?

Main features of Google Docs:

  • Create new documents and edit existing ones.

  • Open access to documents and work on them simultaneously with colleagues.

  • View, edit and save files in Microsoft Word.

  • Work where it is convenient and when it is convenient – even without an Internet connection.

  • Adding comments and respond to cues colleagues.

  • Do not worry about the fate of your files. All changes are automatically saved during the operation.

Getting Started


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The first time you briefly tell us about its main advantages. Google Docs allows you to “edit files even without an internet connection,” “create documents on their own or together with his colleagues,” “we will never lose important changes and will be able to continue to work on any device,” “open, edit and save files in Word».

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Then we are on the main screen, displaying all of our documents. By default, they are displayed in a grid with pens document. If such a view does not suit us, that is the more familiar – in a list. And they are sorted by name, date modified, date changes and the date of my view. Right in this menu, we can make searching for information on the names, which greatly facilitates the search for the required documents.

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If we make a swipe to the right or press the function key will open a sub-menu where you can view a category of applications and access the settings. From the category we have a “recent”, “available to me,” “marked” and “off-line access.” Actually, they look the same category, distinguished only by their functions. For example, in the category of “recent” recently edited files are displayed in the “available to me,” placed the files that are shared, continue in the same spirit.

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In any of the screens, the bottom right, there is a round red button “+”, it is hard not to notice. Clicking on it, we move on to creating the test file. We offer white canvas in which you can enter text.

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At the top of the screen we see a couple of buttons, but they are responsible for almost all the action. There are buttons next and previous actions, formatting characters and paragraphs. There is a “+” allows you to insert a link, write a comment to the word or phrase, insert images and tables. And finally, we can save the file to share it with other users (for the collective editing), send a copy, print the document, and so on. Separately, you can view the full document properties.

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On the tablet to edit documents in more convenient times. Firstly, the top panel were selected key character formatting. Secondly, all menus are presented in separate windows, so we do not need to be distracted from the text.

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But now I come to one of the key features of Google Docs – collaborative editing of text files. To do this, open any document and add a user, enter their name or email address and define their rights. The editor has full access to the file, the commentator can leave notes to phrases, well, the reader can only view the text. Determine the goal. After that, we expect the user to edit the attachment. If it were determined administrator rights, then we will see his cursor and editable text them. With commentator similar situation, only there we will see additions already marked. Well, readers are left without control of their action (when they searched text) can only see through the web version of the service.



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Settings in Google Docs virtually none. We can clear the cache of documents, including an option to download and update the documents only on Wi-Fi, as well as allow to create files Word (DOCX).



In order to test office applications, we have prepared a few files. Google Docs can not open files excel, ppt and many, it only allows you to open files doc and docx.

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Therefore, we open the document and see the doc. With character and paragraph formatting is not the slightest problem. Available images are displayed correctly, and links are working. The tables appear correctly. The only thing what you can find fault, it’s the speed of the application. No, plain text scrolls fast. But large documents, sheets of 30 commercials, images, links, and tables are not scrolled smoothly and may even slow down a little. From the device is practically independent as with the situation I encountered and 2 nuclear tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 8 and nuclear smartphone Xaiomi RedMi Note.

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Application Version

28.3 MB

The size of the application in the prescribed form

Consumption RAM
28-33 MB


Google Docs – though it is best cloud service for document editing, but it has a mobile app is not perfect. Yes, the program looks very beautiful, more modern, it’s Google, otherwise it could not be. But there are claims to ergonomics, in particular to display the menu on smartphones. But everything is fine on tablets.

The functionality of an application rather scarce. It may be noted only full support for character and paragraph formatting, as well as co-op mode editing. But with the opening of file formats xls and ppt – trouble, because their support is missing. For these purposes, there are Google Spreadsheets, and Google Presentations, respectively. But we also would like to get a universal product – all in one, and not a hundred applications for each file type. The benefit of opening and viewing files, no problems, except for a small thought.

If you are often editing text files on the tablet, and the documents are in the cloud, and you’re working in a team, then Google Docs will fulfill all expectations. But ordinary users, the program is unlikely to fit, as the smartphone uncomfortable to use it, and support for other “office” files are missing.

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Скачать Google Docs for android-devices from Google Play

Developer Google Inc.
Cost Free.
Requirements For OC Android 4.0 and later.

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