This week the The Document Foundation has announced that is is currently in the process of preparing its LibreOffice Android suite of applications to launch on to mobile devices.
Android is expected to be the first platform to see the arrival of the LibreOffice suite of apps and its creators say that 90 percent of the current LibreOffice code already compiles for Android.
When LibreOffice Android officially launches the system it will bring with it Open Document support together with a new user interface that is being currently finalised by the Document Foundation development team.
Currently the team is trying to optimise the Android version to fall into the limits set by Google for Android applications regards a 50 megabyte limit for the APK size. Google imposes this file size limit on main apk files, but does allows the inclusion of expansion packs. Tech Republic explains :
“At the moment, getting odt or ods files open for editing on the Android platform is a nightmare. Honestly, this has confounded me. WPS Office (formerly Kingsoft Office) does not support ODF.Office Suite Pro does support ODF (however, it’s not supported in the free version, which offers a subtle layer of irony), but you’ll find the app crashes a lot (some devices, like the LG G3, can’t even open Office Suite Pro). Google Docs doesn’t offer native support for ODF (though you can import and export).”
Unfortunately no information on worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light about a launch date for LibreOffice we will keep you updated as always.
Source: Tech Republic
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