Cambridge, January 21, 2015 – Collabora engineers today release LibreOffice for Android for the first time. LibreOffice Viewer for Android (Beta) is available in app stores, and marks the start of a new product series for the mobile market resulting from months of work with SMOOSE B.V.. Weekly releases are planned to bring new features and improvements.
“Freedom of Choice is a defining factor of our approach”, says Niels Spanjers, Customer Manager at SMOOSE B.V., “Having a competitive Open Document Format viewer on Android is an important part of providing that freedom to our customers and the larger ecosystem, as a part of our mobile strategy.”
The Open Source app for mobiles and tablets opens documents, spreadsheets, and basic presentations in Open Document and Microsoft Office formats. Complex presentation support and many additional features are planned for future releases.
“The world’s most popular Open Source office belongs on the world’s most popular mobile platform” said Michael Meeks, Vice President of Collabora Productivity. “By bringing LibreOffice to Android Collabora has brought cutting edge productivity tools to one billion mobile users and entered a new mobile market”.
LibreOffice on Android would not be possible without the foundational work of the rest of the LibreOffice community and many others have contributed to its success. SUSE provided a key foundation of cross-platform support, with Google Summer of Code contributions from Andrzej Hunt and Ian Billet, along with improvements from Igalia S.L., and core components by Mozilla Corporation.
LibreOffice Viewer Beta is available in the Google Play store free of charge at the above location.About Collabora Productivity: Collabora Productivity delivers LibreOffice products and consulting to the enterprise. With the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice codebase and community. LibreOffice-from-Collabora provides a business-hardened office suite with long term multi-platform support. Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora Ltd., the global software consultancy specializing in providing the benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specialising in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. About SMOOSE: SMOOSE is committed to ICT solutions based on Open Source. We strive to give companies the freedom to build and control their own IT environment and using products that have nothing to hide. Like knowledge, we believe software can be shared, edited, and distributed where owners see fit. SMOOSE adds value in the creation of a business model in which customer, supplier and user can excel.