It won't be long before users of Android-based devices are able to experience a whole new document editor. According to reports, LibreOffice app for Android is soon coming to all Android handsets.
For the time being, the mobile application will be made only as a document viewer that's also capable of displaying different document types, supported via LibreOffice. later down the line, the app will receive numerous other features. This includes editing docs as well.
"Thanks to Smoose, we are now able to do some real progress with the Android version of LibreOffice. The idea is to first build a LibreOffice document viewer, which is able to display any type of document that is supported by LibreOffice," says the official blog.
"Afterwards build on that and provide more features and eventually editing. The application itself should be a Android native application and use LibreOffice (interfacing through LibreOfficeKit) to provide tiles of a rendered documents and other needed pieces."
The post also adds that parts of the code that aren't essential to the plan will be removed for LibreOffice on Android. This includes the likes of Gecko, the rendering engine in Firefox.
"The calls to Gecko (rendering engine in Firefox) were replaced with our own implementation either in Java or a facade to LibreOfficeKit," the post adds.
"By using a mock document tiles (tiles of the document that are part of the application's assets) I was able to make the application work without actually interfacing with LibreOffice yet."