Google launches standalone Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android

April 30, 2014

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    Google is unbundling its Drive productivity app, with new dedicated apps launching today that will let you edit and view documents, spreadsheets, and presentations even when you are not online.

    The new Docs and Sheets are now available in the Play Store (as well as on the App Store for iOS users), while Slides is said to be coming soon.

    Google’s justification for releasing these standalone apps is to “make it easier for you to quickly find, edit and create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go”. If you choose not to install the apps, you will be prompted to do so over the following days, when you open a file in Drive. You’ll still be able to view and organize documents through Drive, just like before.

    Overall, functionality seems to remain the same in the new apps, compared to Drive. The biggest difference is that you get a list of recently accessed docs/sheets/slides on the app’s default screen, which is nice for getting around large number of files. The top bar is colored (a growing trend with Google’s apps) and the side menu contains a convenient link to Drive. The apps work offline, so connectivity issues won’t hinder your creative impulses.

    Go check out the new apps in the Play Store: Docs and Sheets, with Slides to follow soon.

    Comments

    • thecokedragon

      Uh…why?

      • Guest123

        it’s google. . . there is no reason, they just do things randomly.

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      best news for productivity since Quick Office went free and semi integrated with Drive

    • Mgspeed

      It seems like just yesterday that Google eliminated docs and forced us into drive. So is the u-turn the result of failure of the bundling, or the success of Drive which can stand as its own product now?

    • nereus

      what’s the point? wasn’t quick office the offical doc application? i’m confused @.@

    • Will S.

      I prefer the UI Kingsoft Office offers for spread sheets.

    • Noel Kelly

      I can see how this might be handy for people, but why 3 different apps? Why not just make an all-encompassing ‘Google Docs’ app? Surely that’s less clunky and annoying than having 3 different app icons to deal with, no? Better yet, why not just have all this functionality put into QuickOffice? This… Makes no sense!

      • swtrainer

        It makes sense to unbundled them. When you want to open a spreadsheet, you don’t have to search for it among your docs and presentations. You have MS Office but separate Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs and I’ve never heard anyone complain about them being separate programs.

        • Noel Kelly

          True, I actually won’t argue with you there. I think though, being as your phone/tablet is more prone to the “there’s an app for that” attitude, things can get cluttered more easily. Personally, I’d prefer to have it bundled and use filters/search to find documents, but you make a good point.

    • Alu Zeros

      why not just merge drive/quickoffice/all these new ones………

      • Fred

        Yup, exactly Google seems to be utterly confused with many other things – Chrome OS and Android.

        What a mess!

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