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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Android Phones for PowerPoint Presenting

I recently bought a new phone, the Samsung Epic 4G, which is a top-tier Android phone. I want to take a little bit of time to look at how this (and other Android phones) can be used with PowerPoint.

The first thing that is important is the ability to view PowerPoint presentations on the phone. The cheapest and easiest way to to this is to upload your presentations to Google Docs and then to log into Google through the phone's web browser. You load the presentations in a read-only mode and can review the information on the go.

There are a few PowerPoint viewer apps available which you can download to your phone from the app store. If you aren't willing to pay, you won't get anything better than what you get in Google Docs web interface.

"In the next few weeks" Google will release their own app that will allow editing of Google Docs on iPhones, iPads, and Android phones. If Google stays true to form this will likely be a free app.

However, editing PowerPoint presentations on a phone will never be an ideal option. This would be helpful for changing a few pieces of information, but you won't do your primary document creation on your phone.

Come back tomorrow where I'll look at using my phone as a PowerPoint remote control.

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