LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite for Linux, Mac, and Windows computers. Now the software, which is one of the most popular alternatives to Microsoft Office, is on its way to Android.
Late last year the LibreOffice team announced an Android version was in the works. While it’s still very much a work in progress, developer Michael Meeks posted a progress update with a few photos today.
They don’t look like much yet. Few parts of the operating system are optimized for touchscreen phones and tablets yet. But Meeks’ update does help show where LibreOffice for Android is heading.
While the user interface isn’t really optimized for Android yet, the good news is that the LibreOffice team is now able to cross-compile new builds of the office suite for Android.
In fact, the software can also be compiled for iOS, but I’m not aware of any plans to release LibreOffice for the iPad anytime soon.
Ian Billet is also working on a Java viewer user interface to make LibreOffice a little more Android friendly.
The file manager actually looks pretty good so far — although not quite as nice as the concept artwork the Document Foundation created for a LibreOffice file manager earlier this year.
It’ll probably be a while before LibreOffice is officially released for Android. Right now there are a number of alternatives including Google Drive, Documents To Go, QuickOffice, and OfficeSuite Pro. But while some of those apps are fairly full-featured office applications, none are open source apps capable of handling open document formats such as .odt files.