The “month of Google” continues today with mobile editing of spreadsheets in Google Docs. Now don’t hit up your handset expecting to modify present value equations or anything complex but you can view, edit, sort, and filter data in a Google Docs spreadsheet. Google is currently supporting their on Android platform as well as the iPhone & iPod Touch as well as Symbian S60.
I used the new feature for a bit this morning. It’s not bad, but it will take time to get used to it. You can’t tap or double-tap on data to make it editable. Google implemented an Edit link on every column; Tapping that will make all of the fields editable. It can be a tedious process, but it does work. When appropriate for sorting, List View is available to scroll through data and select it. I’ve only tried the new features on my iPhone, so I can’t comment on the implementation for Android or S60 handsets. The features are supported on standard Google Docs accounts as well as for Google Apps users.
First impressions? It’s basic but usable and a welcome addition to Google Docs while on the run. I wouldn’t use it for major editing or work, but I’d some quick sorting or editing. Some screenshots from an old smartphone market share spreadsheet follow.