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Google Releases Updated Standalone Apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides

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While Google Drive is a centralized hub for storing and editing your documents in the cloud, Google wanted to make it easier for users to access specific types of documents while on the go. To do this, the company has released updated standalone applications for Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. From now on, users can access their data sheets or word documents all from their own respective applications.

Each application features a nice Offline Mode, which allows users to make changes as they see fit, even without a data connection. Once data is restored, the updates are made automatically, and everything is synced back to the cloud.

If you don’t update to this process, Google states that they will begin prompting users to download the new apps in the Google Drive application if you plan to do any editing in there.

Two of the three apps are now live in Google Play, but Google Slides is “coming soon.” Once it is made available, we will update the post, although Google didn’t mention a time frame for its release.

Play Links: Google Docs | Google Sheets | Google Slides [coming soon]

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Via: Google
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  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    LOL MS already dropped Office Mobile for Android & Office 365 subs are through the roof. It’s game over for Docs.

  • Mal

    Hopefully Slides gets some actual functionality besides viewing. If the app doesn’t allow creating or editing presentations (which is currently unavailable in Drive), I see no point in it being a stand-alone app. Also, as a separate app it would be nice if we could sync our devices to a presentation on a computer and be able to read speaker notes and advance slides from the device.

  • SantaClausless

    So… I see that they’ve realized that Google Drive makes no sense (as a document editor, etc). So, isn’t this redundant though? What about QuickOffice? It belongs to Google now… I don’t get it.

  • BoFiS

    Ugh, why is this an improvement? I’d way rather have ONE app, Drive, that does everything than have to have multiple apps for each document type when they’re all on Drive to begin with!

    • miri

      You can have it either way but with this you don’t lose access to Drive if you’re editing a document and vice versa. It also gives you a complete list of all files of the respective type and offline support. I’d call that a considerable improvement.

    • Trevor

      I agree. Seems silly to have multiple apps when one would do just fine.

  • Digbob

    So… they gutted Quickoffice, which used to be an amazing app. Now we have drive, Quickoffice, and these stand alone apps? WTF Google!?

  • Chris B

    ……..why?

  • chris kilps

    Maybe these should download all as one app, but have separate app icons.

  • brkshr

    It annoys me when they call their apps “GOOGLE app” in the market. Then the app is just called “app” in your drawer. I would prefer it to be consistent one way or the other. Does any other app do this?

    • joejoe5709

      It is sort of annoying. You end up with two calender apps, two camera apps, etc. But my guess is these apps are technically intended on a Nexus or GPE or any other AOSP device where this is the standard set of apps. And plus I’d have far too many apps in my app drawer all alphabetically next to each other under “Google XX” and it would look really unappealing to me.

  • jeff manning

    So what happens to Quickoffice?

    • Kasey Hendrickson

      I was just about to ask the same question.

    • Cael

      THIS.

    • miri

      Nothing as per this announcement. It’s a separate service.

  • Adam Truelove

    This is purely for visibility. It’s just so new users can see that they have office apps on their phone so then maybe they’ll get used. If it stays in Google Drive, it stays hidden and unknown. This is how it is on ChromeOS too. There are seperate doc and spreadsheet “apps” on a chromebook, but all they do is open the Google Drive website.

    Also, Google is not going to remove the “Create” button in the Google Drive app. These new “apps” are in addition to that. They’re really just shortcuts into Google Drive’s office functions.

  • Rob Schlegel

    I think they are separating things to make a clearer distinction between Drive and Docs etc. It’s just not intuitive that you need to go into a cloud storage app, when as far as the user is concerned they just want to create a document. The 2 should be separate IMO. Email is stored in the cloud too, but it wouldn’t make sense to just wrap Gmail into Drive, would it?

  • Chris King

    I really don’t want three separate apps to be honest. I don’t see how it would be easier, with drive I open up one program and everything is right there

  • coolsilver

    I’ve always had issues with editing things as easily on the drive app. Spreadsheets included. Formatting always has issues.

  • Ray

    I already have more then enough Google apps

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      damn what icons?

    • John

      You have more than enough unread e-mails, too.
      O_o

      • Ray

        i do i wish i knew how to get ride of all those old unread message those were before we had tabs. Its mostly junk and i dont feel like going threw deleting 20 at a time

        • John

          Go to a computer browser and go into Inbox > Select All (then select all e-mails in Inbox) and choose mark as read.

          • Ray

            thanks that worked had over 5k :(

          • morgan boyle

            also use a service like unroll.me to clear out those mailing lists

        • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

          install mailbox and just archive on install for inbox zero.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      What icon pack is that hot damn

      EDIT: Nevermind

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      What launcher is that?

      • Ray

        Nova launcher

    • Nick Klenchik

      What icon theme are you using?

  • chris kilps

    why do they need separate apps?

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      Because Office has them and the mobile game is all about who is on top of the ios charts.

      • chris kilps

        then where is is slides?

  • brkshr

    It sounds to me like they are separating out their services. I think they realize that people would like to be able to opt in to certain services. Not just take an all or nothing approach. Just like the rumor stating that Photos and Hangouts will be separated from Google+.

    Edit: I also suspect that they want Google Drive to be known as a Cloud storage. Not Storage, Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, etc, etc…

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      They are trying to compete with office on ipad, which shot to the top of the charts.

      • Grayson

        Yep. Pure marketing move here. This makes the experience crappier and more disjointed for those of us already using Google Drive to manage and edit Google documents, but a lot of non-techie people don’t even know that the Google Drive app has Office-like functionality, so they are splitting that functionality into separate apps to make it more obvious.

        • BillySuede

          which is smart. guarantees more looks and thus more use of those apps instead of those people looking elsewhere for those functions.

        • WallBreaker

          It doesn’t bother me.

      • WallBreaker

        I actually used google sheets to log my hours and send the bill to my clients. Thought I give it a try and worked great for me.

    • chris kilps

      so what one day you will be able to use the apps on other services, like open sheets from onedrive or dropbox?

      • brkshr

        I don’t know about that. It seems like bundling all of their services into a couple places didn’t work out for them. So they are separating things out.

    • JBartcaps

      It also adds the ability to update these apps individually. Something everyone praises Motorola for doing with their apps(Myself included).

      • 213ninja

        ^^this

      • brkshr

        Excellent point!

    • Adam Truelove

      Nope, this move is just so people SEE the office apps and know they exist, nothing more than that. Hiding them in the Drive app wasn’t doing Google any good.

      • JBartcaps

        It’s more than that

        • Miguel

          It’s just makes sense, they’re releasing all of the core apps to the Play Store that way if you have Sammy, HTC or other manufacturer that has their own apps people can now go to the Play Store and install the Google Core apps, basically it’s called taking Android back.

          • brkshr

            That’s not exactly relevant here. Anyone could install Google Drive (with all of these apps in it) on any device before.

      • michael arazan

        I don’t think it’s that hard for people to find the office apps for Google and Drive, but you have a point.

    • michael arazan

      Great for storing my Videos, I have had no problems with any of my videos, I was afraid of files getting corrupted. The more you transfer video files the more corrupted they get, especially when copying. Nice to keep my PC storage clean with a TB for $10 from Google

  • Pandalero

    Was this really necessary? Did the Drive app not accomplish this nicely already?

    • Silver Veloz

      Hmm? That’s what I was wondering.

    • brkshr

      Read my comment below

    • Jeremy Miller

      And what about Quickoffice?

    • Adam Truelove

      And how many people know about the office functionality in Drive or even use Drive?

    • JBartcaps

      Why update an entire app when you just need to update something on the Sheets side?