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Google Sheets and Docs standalone apps now available for Android and Apple devices


Google Docs and Sheets

Improved apps for modifying and viewing Google documents and spreadsheets have arrived on both iOS and Android with much nicer user interface.

The Google Drive app has been around for a long time, but has never really tried to take on office-style apps that offer full-blown editing of Word documents. Now though, the firm has launched two new-look apps for editing documents and spreadsheets.

One clear advantage of all this is that these apps now work offline too, so there's no need to worry if you're trying to get something done on a plane, without an internet connection. Perhaps this is also a more direct move by Google to get in on Microsoft's act, and get people doing some serious work on their iPads or Android tablets.

There's also the Google Docs much-loved, and bottom-covering autosave feature too, so work shouldn't ever get lost.

Also announced is the yet to be launched "Slides" app, which will allow you to create slideshows that look amazing, but take no time at all to build and create professional looking presentations.

If you're a Google Drive users already, and have the app, it will prompt you over the next few days to download these new editors. They are then integrated into the Drive app and will be the default way of interacting with your documents. If you're keen, you can head to the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play and download them right away.

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Hamish Campbell

May 1, 2014, 8:04 am

Does this replace quick office, which they bought a while back?


May 1, 2014, 2:22 pm

Did anyone else notice the wording of the official google blog entry on this:

"The apps also come with offline support built in, so you can easily view, edit and create files without an Internet connection. Now, if you have a brilliant idea for a best-selling novel while traipsing through the Amazonian rainforest (or you know, something more probable, like during flight takeoff)...no problem. You can jot down your idea in the Docs app on your phone, even when you’re offline.
So enjoy the Amazon—we’re looking forward to buying that novel someday...."

Am I reading too much into this, or are Google having a little dig at Amazon here? I don't have a Kindle, so I can't verify this, but I understand that Amazon have used the open source part of Android to build their tablets on, but they make no reference to Google or Android in their marketing. They have changed Android for their own purposes to the extent that the Google Play app is not available for the devices and you can't install the official Google apps from the Amazon app store.

Google can't be too pleased about that situation. Are they having an implicit swipe at this state of affairs?!

Ian Morris

May 1, 2014, 9:35 pm

No, I don't think it does. I thought the same, because Quick Office is pretty reasonable but a bit more fully-featured. Perhaps Quick Office had tech that was used in these news apps.

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