Efforts to port LibreOffice and OpenOffice on Android have been going on for a while now. The first sustainable breakthrough comes from LibreOffice as the Beta Viewer hit the Android market today. There are bugs to be fixed, features to be added, polishing to be done but it’s a welcome first step.
The Viewer can currently recognize and render the following document types:
- Open Document Format (.odt, .odp, .ods, .ots, .ott, .otp)
- Microsoft Office 2007/2010/2013 (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx, .dotx, .xltx, .ppsx)
- Microsoft Office 97/2000/XP/2003 (.doc, .ppt, .xls, .dot, .xlt, .pps)
The app uses the same engine as the desktop LibreOffice and is from the same organization, Collabora. Rendering is a bit slow in the Beta and there are issues with browsing SD card. However, expect these to be fixed soon.
Upcoming releases will see the following features:
- Interactive document elements (e.g. URLs)
- Support for browsing external SD storage
- Many more…
Head on to the Google Play page for LibreOffice Viewer Beta and check it out. Report bugs to help the devs fix them.