Google Docs coming to iPad, Android

Google is planning on bringing its productivity suite to the iPad and Android-based devices. The functionality should be available in the next few weeks.

Owners of iPads and Android devices looking to be a little more productive may be in luck.

Google plans "in the next few weeks" to offer its Docs productivity suite for Apple's iPad tablet and for devices with Google's Android OS, the company announced at its Google Atmosphere event in Paris yesterday.

Google didn't say which Android-based devices will work with Google Docs. The company did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Google's decision to bring its productivity suite to the iPad could be the most important aspect of its announcement. Currently, Apple sells its iWork suite, which includes Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, to iPad customers for $10 per application. If Google offers Docs for free, it might make some wonder why they should opt for Apple's alternative.

Google's Web-based Docs suite allows people to create and share items such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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