Productivity on Android has always been important. Now, with tablets and devices that are bigger and better than ever, productivity is starting to become even more important. This is especially true for office applications because on-the-fly document, spreadsheet, and presentation editing and creation can really help in a bind. Here are the best office apps for Android.
[Price: Free with $9.99/month subscription]
First up is our obligatory nod to Microsoft’s offering. Even if Office 365 isn’t the most popular option for Android owners, it is one of the most popular options for Microsoft Office users. It provides native support for Office documents both on and offline and once you choke down that Office 365 subscription price to use the app, the app isn’t half bad either.
Next up is Quickoffice, which is the official office app of Google Drive. Using this app, you can browse your Google Drive files, edit, and create documents. It can create presentations, word files, and spreadsheets and it’s free. It takes place almost entirely in the cloud, which saves you space on your device. The only downside is you have to use it with Google Drive, but that’s not really a downside.
[Price: Free Trial / $14.99]
Number 5 on our list is Documents to Go and this is one of the earliest office suite apps that actually worked fairly well. They’re a tad behind the times in terms of usability as you have to enter the menu for every bit of formatting you need to do, but it is a solid app that gets the job done. Be warned, the free version doesn’t really do anything so you have to buy it to see any of the useful parts of the app.
Smart Office 2 is number 4 on our list and so far, it’s the best looking one. It has a sleek interface with the standard document, spreadsheet, and presentation options. It takes a few extra clicks to do what others will let you do in one click, but other than that it’s a solid option. It also supports cloud storage integration with Google Drive and Dropbox.
[Price: Free / $14.99]
The first in our top 3 is OfficeSuite Pro 7. This is about as professional as you can get. It includes the standard document, spreadsheet, and presentation options that you can save in a variety of file types. It also includes cloud storage integration and templates. There are both free and paid options, so if you want to see what is has to offer before shelling out the $15 to get it, you can do so without worrying about a trial running out.
[Price: Free with optional upgrades]
Number 2 is Google Drive and you may be asking why Drive is on here along with Quickoffice. Well, because Google Drive is more simplistic. You can create and edit documents using the Google Drive app and it still supports all of Drive’s features, like simultaneous document editing. This option is better for people who use Google Drive as a cloud storage service first and document creation second, whereas Quickoffice is vice versa.
Last on our list is Kingsoft Office and it really is as good as it gets. It has all the standard features in terms of document creation and cloud storage integration. One thing we really liked about it was the layout and interface. Things were easy to find and use, the interface was friendly, and it really was pleasant to use. Also, it’s free and it’s always hard to beat free.
Office app quality is only slated to improve as Android becomes a more viable business platform. There are dozens of office apps out there trying to be your solution for productivity. Some are free, some are paid, and some are included with devices as bloatware. If you have a favorite that we forgot to mention, feel free to tell us what it is in the comments.
Which is your favorite office app?
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Kingsoft Office is the best.
I agree, Polaris Office is missing. I personally think it’s the best
I also agree Polaris is one of the best.
I would’ve included Polaris Office except it’s included as bloatware on some devices, which lowers its value significantly. It’s okay (not terrible or anything) but I had only so many to pick and I didn’t really want to add one that people are forced to have (like I didn’t include lookout on my top antivirus apps for the same reason).
you are wrong, only polaris viewer is a bloatware but if you want a full feature of polaris office, you need to download it. For samsung, you can download it for free.
@nasri would you have a link for Polaris Office apk and would it work on a Nexus 4 running 4.4 in ART runtime?
That is true
So glad I picked OfficeSuite Pro in the 10 billionth app download deal which had it sold for 10 cents! Can’t wait for Google Play to reach its next milestone!
CloudOn is by far the best!
Mobile office apps need much longer development cycle and hence the risik for independent developers is too high to afford.
i’ve been using office suite for a long time, but when google realesed free quickoffice i installed quickoffice and removed office suite..
and using quickoffice with my google account now it was upgraded to 25Gb
King office really nice and easy
Polaris office. Works on everything Ive tried and easy. Not to mention free with my note 10.1
quickoffice, polaris, kingsoft are all excellent free options
In my experience SoftMaker Office (TextMaker etc) is the best full featured suite – but costs money
Kingsoft Office was annoying to use and crashed on my Nexus 10 a bizillion times… til I finally had to cough up $15 for OfficeSuite Pro. OfficeSuite is worth the money if you are in the application a lot otherwise I would do Google’s QuickOffice for free.
I primarily use Google Drive & Keep and KingSoft Office. They are all great but doing office work on a mobile device is nothing compared to doing office work on a PC.
It’s a bit weird that you can only use Quickoffice to edit Microsoft document formats and not Google Docs formats.
I hope that someone can tell me which office apps able to play pps, ppt or pptx with SOUND ON. I couldn’t find the right one.
Kingsoft Office’s screenshots is wrong. It is the same as Google Drive.
People who need office software to interface with their jobs or their schoolwork should figure out what they need and whether they can get it for their phones, or not. “Or not” is still a real possibility. I have no idea how many folks actually use this stuff. I did temporarily install the new Google Quickoffice to get some extra Google Drive storage – I think the offer is still on. Otherwise, meh. I’d rather wait to do it on a laptop.
Softmaker has by far the best functionality
What about Polaris Office ? That for me has anyways been the best because that was the app that most closely emulated the native MS formats.
Creating and editing documents on a phone is still a long way out IMO. Probably an easier experience on a tablet as the form factor is better (bigger) but in most cases, I just want to look up a document on my Dropbox and I can’t if the formats are horrible.
Polaris Office 3 used to work perfectly on my Nexus 4 running stock Android 4.3 but now that I updated to 4.4 both the Polaris Office 3 and 4 crash.
What to do?
i want to get office that saves files in my device and no need of internet conectivity
Thank you for cutting your hair :) haha
Zoho writer is also seemed to be good among document creating app recently enrolled in Google Playstore with rich text features. It also supports editing documents from cloud services like Dropbox,Google drive and Zoho docs.
Kingsoft Office is the only one I’ve tried (I’ve also tried QuickOffice, SmartOffice, OliveOffice and Polaris Office) that is compatible with embedded references (using either the proprietary Endnote or the open source Zotero). While neither of these packages is available for Android – so you can’t actually insert new references – at least it doesn’t mess with the formatting/metadata of existing embedded references so the next time you edit your document in Word after saving using the Android package the references have been preserved. This cannot be said of the others. The commenting and change tracking is also compatible with the MS product.
Among those in the list I’ve already tried all, except for Office Mobile and Smart Office. I really enjoy OfficeSuite 7 because it offers a very elegante interface, also very powerful office app.
I really enjoy Google Drive, I use it a lot. But as an Office app it’s still far from good IMO, there’s very few customization options, and the editor is not that good.
Kingsoft would be my third place, it’s one of the best free solutions out there, you get many things and it does what you need. But I like OfficeSuite 7 better and for second I’d take AdrOpen Office, which is a port of Open Office for PC to android, as a fellow fanfiction writer on Linux I use .odt file a lot, and this is the best option to use it on Android ^^.
My top 3 list would be:
1 – OfficeSuite 7
2 – AndOppen Office (Missing in this list, however, I’m not sure if it was released when this was published)
3 – Kingsoft Office
In terms of spreadsheets, I found Kingsoft best out of MS Office Mobile and Quickoffice.
Bad – MS Office Mobile cannot rename sheets nor create new ones (on Android). In my opinion its biggest failing.
Good – Kingsoft Office is free (but if you read the terms, Google start charging at “10 million hits” which seemed like very heavy usage).
Good – Kingsoft can read from Android storage and various cloud services.
Bad – MS Office Mobile only reads from SkyDrive directly, to open docs on Android storage you must navigate through a file manager.