LibreOffice is an open source, cross-platform suite of office apps that runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac. Earlier this year LibreOffice and Collabora launched an early preview of a LibreOffice Viewer for Android. It was a bit buggy and lacked editing functions, but development has continued and the latest builds work much better… and offer support for editing your documents.
You can download the latest unstable development build of LibreOffice for Android and install the APK on your phone, tablet or other device to take the office suite for a spin.
It still lacks at least one key feature: there’s no option to create a new document. But you can open text, slideshow, and spreadsheet documents and view or edit them on your mobile device.
LibreOffice for Android includes mobile versions of Writer, Calc, Draw, and Impress and supports the same document formats as the desktop version of the app. But the user interface has been optimized for Android with large, finger-friendly buttons and support for mobile features including pinch-to-zoom and long-press to select text.
You can resize images by tapping to select and then dragging a corner. And you can use Android’s on-screen keyboard to enter text. While you can’t yet create new documents, you can save edited documents.
There are plenty of desktop features which aren’t yet available n the mobile version of LibreOffice. But the Android version of the popular office suite is well on its way to becoming a viable alternative to Google Docs, QuickOffice, Polaris Office, and other mobile office suites.
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