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App Lets You Convert Photo’s Text To A Document + Edit

Google has released a native Google Docs application for Android today that has a special feature. The new feature allows users to turn photos with text into documents that can be edited through the smartphone. The Google Docs app for Android is intended for download solely through the Android market and will only be available in English for Android 2.1 and later.

The app enables users to tap a button to create a new document from a photo or by selecting the camera icon from the widget. The document also appears in the document list after the phone user snaps the picture. In addition, users will be able to convert existing photos from the Android phone by sharing them with the Google Docs application.

The application makes use of Google’s optical character recognition technology, built by the Google Books group. Documents will be able to be created from existing PDF, JPEG, GIF, or PNG image files- where the text will be extracted and formatted from scans for users to edit. Folks, Android just got a whole lot more useful. Users will also be able to upload content directly from their phone and open documents straight from Gmail. Take a look at the video to see this app in action!

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