Google annouces mobile Docs editing

Google has announced another trick up its sleeve for Google Docs users - editing directly on a mobile device.

As well as the recently-announced two-factor authentication system, which uses your smartphone as a key to unlock access to your account, Google has confirmed that editing of Google Docs files on iOS and Android-based devices is coming Real Soon Now.

It's a move the company can't make fast enough. Not being able to make small changes to your documents on the go was a pain in the days of the iPhone and the T-Mobile G1, but now Apple's iOS and Google's own Android are finding a new niche - slates and tablets.

With larger devices come larger expectations - users aren't content just passively consuming content and want to be able to actively create it. While both the iPad and Android-based devices have read-only access to the Google Docs cloud-based office suite, file editing has eluded both platforms - aside from the occasional third-party hack.

Now, though, Google has made the announcement that mobile users have been waiting for: the iPad, and all current Android devices, are to get full Google Docs editing support.

Dave Girouard, president of Google's enterprise division, stated that the roll-out of the new Google Docs version would occur "in the next few weeks," and that the new mobile editing support means "co-workers from around the world will soon be able to co-edit files simultaneously from an even wider array of devices."

While the iPad is named directly, there's no mention yet of whether document editing will be coming to Apple's other iOS devices, the iPod Touch and the iPhone.