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Google Reveals New Security and Google Docs Features

A post on the Google Mobile Blog yesterday announced that 3 million businesses "have gone Google", using online Google Apps in their business practices. They used this event to announce new features, including the upcoming ability to edit Google Docs on Android and a new security feature that has a two-step verification log-in.

As for the ability to edit Google Docs on Android, Google Mobile Blog had this to say: we demonstrated new mobile editing capabilities for Google Docs on the Android platform and the iPad. In the next few weeks, co-workers around the world will soon be able to co-edit files simultaneously from an even wider array of devices.

EuroDroid tested the current way of editing Google Docs on Android and found that it "is indeed pretty broken" and that "there’s a “desktop” mode which brings up the above text editing options, but nothing works."

Phandroid adds that "it’s not clear if they’ll be updating the mobile site or offering a native application, however, as they also announced the new functionality for the iPad, specifically, leaving the iPhone out of the equation."

The Google Mobile Blog clarifies the new security feature below:

...Google Apps Premier, Education and Government Edition administrators can now have users sign in with the combination of their password (something they know) and a one-time verification code provided by a mobile phone (something they have). Users can continue to access Google Apps from Internet-connected devices, but with stronger protections to help fend off risks like phishing scams and password reuse. For the first time, we’re making this technology accessible to organizations large and small without the costs and complexities that have historically limited two-step verification to large enterprises with deep pockets. Furthermore, in the coming months, Standard Edition and hundreds of millions of individual Google users will be able to enjoy this feature as well.

Android Central theorizes that the education and government users need the additional protection, "which is why they will be seeing it first." They also mention that there is an option "to have the code required upon every login, once per computer, or turn it off completely."

TalkAndroid comments that they have "seen a similar strategy used before with banking websites, usually when you forget your password or log in from a different computer."

Other Sources: Android Central, EuroDroid, Phandroid, TalkAndroid

Images from TalkAndroid

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