When Google Docs added real-time collaboration features to Google Docs for Android last week, we were immediately struck by something: the collaboration options were rather reminiscent of the late, lamented Google Wave. Is this how Wave has survived in the wider world?
Google has always said it intended Wave features to be used in other applications, and the latest enhancements, like Wave itself, were built by Google's Sydney team. When we asked a local Google spokesperson whether what was in Docs was descended from Wave, we got this not-quite-committed response:
Wave technology is used in a lot of Docs applications. Real-time typing (seeing other people type real time in your doc) is a good example of Wave technology.
We'll take that as a cautious "yes", then.