So, Google just acquired Quickoffice, one of the leading distributors of productivity and office software for Android. The company, best known for being better than Docs or Microsoft Office on Android, has now been purchased by the search giant. Google says that the company will be working to bring Quickoffice's "record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats" among other "powerful technology" to its Apps product suite.


This is exciting news for Google Docs Drive. The company's interest in its office software has been growing lately, with a revamp of its Docs service, and the addition of the Dropbox-like Drive software. Similarly, Drive for Android has been steadily getting better and better word processing features on mobile. Thankfully, the company hasn't even neglected tablet interfaces. It's still no office juggernaut, but with this new acquisition, it's clear that's the direction Google wants to head.

Source: Google Blog, QuickOffice Blog

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  • http://twitter.com/PackFanJason Jason

    Wonder if this is in response to the rumor that Microsoft is bringing Office to Android?

  • Eric Armstrong

    Wonder if this means we'll finally get native spreadsheet editing in the Docs/Drive app... Not that I mind using Quick Office though.

  • http://twitter.com/BoazKE Boaz Nyaranga

    Please don't tell me it will be free just after I paid for it. TheftAware and Avast did this to me.

    • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

      +1 sir

    • Android lover

      I'm thinking it'll be to improve Drive functionality. So I'd assume it will be made free in effect. 

    • Abhisshek Das

      Hahahahahaha   You One UnLucky Fellow 

    • John

      Prob has to do with the Offline Drive that's coming soon..?

    • http://mercurypdx.tumblr.com/ MercuryPDX

       IIRC, it was the free Amazon App of the Day at some point.

  • AppleFUD


    Didn't see that coming at all. . . maybe now we can finally have a fully integrated "good docs" with all the functionality. . .  maybe not, fingers crossed.

    • AppleFUD

      ?!?!?!? "google docs" NOT "good docs" but same idea I guess LOL

  • ryanmmoore

    see, and it's funny because i used to like QO... as it would plug into GDocs/Drive... but for the past few months every time i try it re-asks me to authenticate... EVERY TIME.

  • Sven Enterlein

    QuickOffice is alright but surely not great... I wonder if Google will make something out of it!

  • Conspirator

    I used to work for QO back in the days when all they did was Symbian software.  The management isn't all that great and they've outsourced a lot of their development over the past few years.  They've only survived this long because of a lack of competition.  I thought Google Drive might be the final nail in the coffin for them, never expected this to happen.  

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    This is awesome, we need a more powerful tool connected to the cloud instead of Drive.....

  • http://jesuiscontentducontent.tumblr.com/ Yod-b

    well, okay. there are loads of better office suites than this...

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    maybe someday i'll here "Google aquires almost all Android phone manufacturers" :D

  • JamesNCleveland
  • Nop

    So, whats next? Google dogs?

  • Mnova

    Isn't Microsoft about to release Word for Android this year?
    I feel like Google is going to have some stiff competition unless this product is going to be free.

  • numpty

    Not much of a productivity war if Google just bought some of the competition, is it?

    • GazaIan

      Still a war against Office and iWork.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

        This guy gets it.

    • Paul Duncan

      Not sure what point you were trying to make here? They didnt buy Office. 

  • http://twitter.com/rdlf2048 Rodolfo Ferreira

    Am I the only one who think Google did this because it believes m$ office for Android is true and they want to get into the dispute for the public who uses office formats (pretty much everyone)? Anyway, Polaris for Android is a joke, whenever you need it the most, it just crash your file so it would be awesome to have QuickOffice as the default office reader-and-editor. Kudos to Google!

  • Ewok

    As much as I love Google Docs and Drive, they are still both half-baked products with long-term issues which take years between customer requests and implementation. It is a common issue with Google that the finer details get left behind as staff move on to do something else and left a broken product behind to slowly rot away, before a flurry of activity adds a few features, fixes some old problems, and creates a few new ones.

    Its sad because with some real dedication Google Drive and Docs could do amazing things - it shouldn't take this long with the power that Google has to bring to bear on the issues.

  • Farhan

    Nice... Any idea for how much?

  • shaffy kathpal
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  • jlschulz098

    What it means is that arogram I use extensively is now useless. Google will make it cloud based and that is exactly what I will never use. Time to start making my own apps and stop relying on these idiot companies that keep selling out.


    why did they not get office suite pro??? that is way better