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Google bought Quickoffice a while back, but didn't really say what it had planned. Well, now we know at least part of the deal. Google has relaunched the Quickoffice app on Android. It's completely free now, and has a new interface and tight integration with Google Drive.

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The app scales correctly to both phones and tablets, and the UI is the standard Holo Light we're used to seeing. All the non-Google cloud storage options from the old app have been removed, placing Google Drive front and center. Of course, Quickoffice also continues to have support for local files (including Microsoft Office docs). This is great news for people who use Drive for documents as Quickoffice is a more robust editor than the Drive app is. It's strange Google didn't just build Quickoffice editing into the Drive app, but looks like we're living with 2 apps.

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Just signing into Google Drive from the Quickoffice app before September 26, 2013 gets you an additional 10GB of free storage in Google Drive for 2 years. That might take a few weeks to roll out, though. If you're planning to go looking for the old version of Quickoffice, don't get your hopes up. Only those who bought it can see the app anymore. The old app won't be updated anymore, and cloud storage solutions will stop working next March. We'll all just have to adjust.

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[Google Drive Blog]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://ubuntu-su.blogspot.com/ Kleverson Royther

    And it's compatible with Gingerbread, YAY!

    • Alex

      Why do you have Gingerbread?

      • Bjajjull

        #430FLASHITFAGGOT, right?

      • http://ubuntu-su.blogspot.com/ Kleverson Royther

        I am still raising money for a better phone. I tried to flash a new ROM but it does not flash. My HTC Glacier has root, but it's no permroot (it is permanently rooted, but it acts like a temp root, like if it is not fully rooted). I've tried several ways, but they only apply to Froyo and they require a downgrade, but I've unlocked its bootloader (damned HTC method) and the downgrade tool does not work for unlocked bootloaders.

        • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

          All android versions dosent works in every singel phone, its depends of the kernerl and processor and so old phone some still use Gingberg i guess nobody wanna build custom rom some works for the phone :) is to old :) and its good way to raising the mony :)

          • http://ubuntu-su.blogspot.com/ Kleverson Royther

            Even CM7, which had a version compatible with my phone, it simply doesn't flash at all. It gives an error. I know I need CWM Recovery to flash things, but CWM doesn't work either (even though it also has a compatible version for my phone)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Lolwut? It opens Google Drive files like Spreadsheets and Documents as read-only PDFs? Even though I have the Drive app installed? Wat!?

    What is even the point of having a separate app? This mutant monster shouldn't exist and should be merged with Drive.

    • Franz

      I agree. Why not make Drive handle this? It would make it more popular, even for iOS users.

      • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

        Yehe i think so to but i guess this is just a first open apps, if alot of people complaine to not handle Google Drive filetype i guess them make support for it.

    • http://komorkomania.pl/author/michal-brzezinski Michal Brzezinski

      Point of having a seperate app is supporting people who don't use Google Drive as their file storage. Of course Google doesn't have to care about them, but so many people now will have decent office app for free and I think that's a good thing.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        OK, but at least open the Drive docs in Drive and let me edit them, or something.

        • http://komorkomania.pl/author/michal-brzezinski Michal Brzezinski

          With that I can fully agree. Ridiculous.

        • Matthew Fry

          What is the internal format of Drive docs? The only option to download/share drive documents on Android is a pdf. Maybe it's going through the same export API?

      • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

        Yehe but am dream about them give support to edit and write Google Drive filetype, is still missing should be great have a program some relly works for the Google Drive and work with autosave and other stile, dosent relly like the Microsoft programs.

      • nerds

        They could have Made the drive app like the new wallet app. Have NFC? great, you have all the features. No NFC? no worries we have features you will like anyway....

        Have google drive? Great, now you can sync, edit, pin, create, etc all in one app.
        No google drive? No worries, do all of the above locally without syncing.

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      • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

        Yes but should it not be bettre for google try steal people frome Google owns Office and try build good support for thire own and steal so Microsoft lose all the customers :)

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    • Roh_Mish

      There is an update for drive. But i am not yet able to download it. And i think i got the new quickoffice apk. Will upload it as sonn as it finishes downloaded. But will take time as my internet is slow.

    • Roh_Mish

      Got it. Uploading it. But will take a view minutes. My internet is slow

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        What's the version number? I don't see any updates.

        • Roh_Mish

          6.1.180

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Oh, you're talking about Quickoffice, I thought you were talking about Drive. Why do we need the Quickoffice APK? Everyone has it.

        • Roh_Mish

          Uploaded it.the link is above/below somewhere.

          And here: https://db.tt/reijRs0n

    • Jose Torres

      So Quick Office is confined to be a glorified reader app?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Well, it can edit Word, Excel, etc, but since it's integrated with Drive storage, when you go there and see all these Drive docs, try to edit them, see that those are readonly PDFs, and then go WTF.

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

          That is exactly what happens.

          I mean, don't get me wrong, I can understand needing to cater to the Microsoft Office crowd. And from that perspective, this certainly looks a lot neater than QuickOffice did. However, I have a ton of Drive docs and the integration with Drive storage led me to believe that I would be able to edit all of those documents. Not so.

          I'm still not thrilled with the Drive app, but it's at least been serviceable when I need it while I'm out and only have an Android device with me. Still, I was hoping that Drive was going to get some pro-class editing software, but that clearly was not to be.

        • John O’Connor

          I still find some compatibility issues with old office vs new office file types when converting. It is more noticeable on the Pixel (ChromeOS, but still) which defaults to quickoffice for file viewing/editing. Word to wise if there is a conversion option, take it prior to editing or you may have a document you cannot properly edit (unless of course you still have the original) due to errors which won't allow you to save any changes. Also noticed this on my gnote 10.1

        • mesmorino

          I'm not getting this issue at all. I created a new document with the new Quickoffice, and saved it to Google Drive. It saves as .docx. I can open and edit this word document with new Quickoffice and the old Quickoffice Pro, and when I view it in Google Drive, it's a word document

          I have some existing .docx word documents in Google drive. I can open these using the new Quickoffice, and also edit and subsequently save them as word documents. The only pdfs that the new Quickoffice (and Google Drive for that matter) is seeing are the existing ones I have

          Maybe it got an update before I downloaded it? This is all on my phone by the way, although when I go to the drive website it's the same story: All normal and expected

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            docx is a Word extension - I'm not talking about Word documents. I'm talking about native Google Drive ones.

        • mesmorino

          Nevermind, I figured out how to replicate it. It only occurs if you create documents with Google Drive, which I never do: for me it's a storage solution, not an editing app of any sort.

      • nerds

        yes

    • nerds

      This is the first thing I noticed. Actually the second thing. The first being that the app doesn't use the slide out drawer. This is ridiculous. What is the point to the app? If I create something, then save it to drive, I can no longer edit it because it is now a PDF? WTF??

    • Recznik

      I can open and edit all my docs from drive... (xlsx, docx) btw. I have quick office ome preinstalled on my nexus 4... (drive previously opened my docs with it)

      • Matthew Fry

        It will open office files uploaded to Drive but not native Drive documents. They need to either convert documents in Drive docx files or support both. This is kind of ridiculous.

        • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

          best should be if the app support both style and them should destory Microsoft Office 365 :) + give support for people some still use google owns filetypes. and mabye after a while other company stop buy Microsoft and go over to free :)

    • AkhilSood

      Haha this is so useless, but knowing google, they will most probably read the backlash on AP and introduce it sooner than we thing...maybe!

    • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

      Everysingel Google Drive file open in PDF, totaly worthless a company some release a app some dosent works with thire own products, still build for Microsoft and not Google Owns its just bullshit.

  • Sam Hollis

    Ugh... Really Google? It should be integrated into Drive, not a separate app.

    • Anders CT

      No it should not. A lot of people like to work on local files.

      • Alex

        Definitely the only reason i think its justifiable that its a seperate app, but at least let it let me open my docs and spreadsheets without making them to a pdf! lol

        Sometimes i wonder if they test the app before they put it on the play store

        • Anders CT

          I don't have that problem. But I use an Android laptop. I think they tested this on a desktop machine, or at least something with hardware keyboard.

          This is probably a hint of what 4.4 is about. Support for 64bit-x86 and desktop.

      • pfmiller

        So give Google Drive support for local files, what's the problem? Then they can finally throw in synchronizing of local files between devices while they're at it.

  • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

    Arrr, this be an outrage!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      How in the world did they manage to pull that off when there's the correct overflow menu button present on the top right too?

      • esper256

        Compile with targetSdk too low could do it. But on my Galaxy Nexus I don't get the soft menu key. I personally think HTC has some kind of bug where they show the button when they shouldn't.

        • Roh_Mish

          Not on my nexus 4 either

          • vgergo

            It gives you a soft-menu key, but the hardware MENU key doesn't work on my Galaxy

        • Matthew Fry

          There's something tipping HTC off to it. None of the normal Google apps have it- but whatever it is, they messed it up here. It's just like on DiskUsage. It's nonfunctional. It's attached to absolutely nothing.

          • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

            I purge every app that has this issue, but you just named my one exception. I can't get rid of DiskUsage.

          • Matthew Fry

            I talked to the DiskUsage dev; he said he was looking into it.

    • Nicholas Snowdeal

      Arr, you been Reddit haven't you?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Reddit? It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day 2013! Reddit's just following suit.

        • Nicholas Snowdeal

          I've only been on this site and Reddit today, definitely didn't get the memo.

    • David Thoren

      Interesting.. I don't have any menu button in QuickOffice on my Nexus 4. Usually will show up to the right of the app switching icon in the button area, but not for this.

    • Spasillium

      I don't know why but I just laughed so hard when I saw what the arrow was pointing to. That is so tacky looking.

    • Bloodflame87

      With the Phablet UI on Nexus 4, I get 2 menu buttons. Also, it appears DPI changes in ParanoidAndroid have no effect with Quickoffice (not cool!)

  • Brad

    Weird thing is I have qo from amazon's app store... wonder how that'll be handled...

    • Matthew Fleisher

      Free app of the day was great when they started but it sucked after the first year.

      • Brad

        They gave away anything worthwhile pretty quickly. That's how I got swiftkey X. I still check whenever I remember.

    • Jose Torres

      Good point, got mine from there too...
      <------ cheapskate

  • Matthew Fleisher

    Should I just keep the old version I got when it was the Amazon free app of the day?

  • Michael

    50 gb's from my moto x and 10 from this?! Heck yeah before long I'll be getting storage from everyone!

  • Michael

    Also for some reason the widget is showing the old icon

  • Roh_Mish
  • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

    Am was thinking buy the QuickOffice has change mine many times about some office program frome diffrens company last time i was thinking about but it was early today.

    • David Thoren

      I really don't understand what you are trying to say. Were you thinking of buying QuickOffice but changed your mind a lot because of office programs from other companies?

  • Jose Torres

    Another stab to Microsoft courtesy from Google.

    ...and whatever happened to Quick Office's insanely expensive cloud drive? Was that ever integrated with Google Drive or did those users get shafted of their $70?

    • Brad

      all ten of them probably got shafted

  • Eric Jones

    I think they bought quick office more for Chrome OS, than they did for Android.

    • Roh_Mish

      I dont use chrome os. But is it available there?

      • Eric Jones

        Not completely, it's in Dev, and maybe beta channel. They are integrating it into the OS, so that they can have a built in offline editor for Office file types, ie excel, words, etc. It's an NACL port.

  • Jose Torres

    Can't use it as it STILL does not have Dropbox compatibility (vital), back to Office Suite 7.

    • Anders CT

      Yeah that sucks. They need to add back compatibility with any user-selected cloud-storage provider. At least the usual suspects of DropBox, Box, Sugar Sync etc.

  • Michał Droździewicz

    And it can't edit spreadsheets.

  • CharlesTF

    Well, I thougth it would replace the QuickOffice system app. =/
    Now just wait to see this fixed in the next system update.

    • squiddy20

      Unless you have root and manually move an app to /system/app, the only way a system app is ever modified/deleted/updated is by a software update from the carrier/manufacturer.

      • turdbogls

        ummmmm....I dont think that is true any more. my system apps (mainly Gmail and Maps) have been updated through play store updates. i know this was a problem back in the 2.3 days, but i believe google has fixed that.

        • squiddy20

          I have a Sprint Galaxy Nexus on Android 4.2 and have never seen this. Anytime I update an app (say, Google Maps) through the Play Store, it gets put into /data/app, leaving the original Maps app in /system/app. Anytime I've gotten a Google Play Services app update (which is done completely in the background) I've found it in /data/app, not /system/app.

          That's why if you go to Settings>Apps and select an app that is a preinstalled/system app, you will find an option to uninstall updates, and when that's done the option gets greyed out. The original app is still in /system/app, all you did was remove the one found in /data/app.

          • CharlesTF

            It's probably because they have different package names.
            I will install link2SD and check what's the system app package name as I'm sure that the new app is "com.quickoffice.android(see the Play Store link).
            Also, I have rooted and reflashed my old phone (a Galaxy Y) many times because it was almost unusable (with my not-so-normal usage pattern) without doing that. Now with a Nexus I wouldn't want to do these things unless there's real need. So, I still hope it is fixed in a system update.

          • turdbogls

            yeah i know that....its just the way you said your first bit...made it sound like a system app never gets updated....while literally, i guess that is true, but to the user, they wont know the difference.

          • squiddy20

            Ah. My apologies. After re-reading my comment, I definitely understand how you interpreted it that way.

        • firesoul453

          You can update them without root just not remove them.

  • Matthew Fry

    Gotta love the landscape-ish support. The Getting Started page is portrait only but switches back and forth to landscape when it goes out to the Android system for signing in.

  • Gabriele

    No support for password protected Office 2013 files... What a pity.

  • Bryan

    Was just told in a chat session by a Google help rep that the extra 10 GB is only for enterprise customers. . . . .frustrating. . . .

    • Kie

      Then I've installed this app for no reason

  • Funem

    Will install it to get the extra free space and continue to use Office Suite Pro....

    • Bryan

      Was just told in a chat session by a Google help rep that the extra 10 GB is only for enterprise customers. . . . .frustrating. . . .

  • Funem

    Not sure what problem everyone was having. I installed it and created and saved a word doc to Google drive, opened it again and edited it, the integration with Google drive was fine actually it was seamless with word editor... Running on New Nexus 7, Google drive is version 1.2.352.10

  • Anders CT

    I can work with spreadsheets easily. Create and edit, save and load.

    It works really well on an Android laptop. All the expected keyboard shortcuts appear to be implemented.

  • didibus

    I was a bit disappointed by this. The truth though, it's very hard to edit documents on a mobile phone. But seriously, this should be part of drive, and drive should just let you edit local documents. Google Docs should have a proper file extension, and they should be able to be downloaded as a Google Docs and saved/edited locally. But at the very least, this quick office should open when I open a Microsoft Office document, and Drive editor should open for google docs documents.

    All of the drive apps should also be converted into nice Packaged Apps for Chrome. And then goodbye office.

  • Victor Loureiro

    I'd guess this is just a first step. Google Docs became Google Drive, so maybe they're now in the way to making it "only" a drive. Then Quick Office will become "Google Office" and support GDocs and MS Office formats, offline and syncing. That's what I would if I were Google. Then again, there's a whole lot I would do.

    • Anders CT

      You would buy a kangaroo and do tha disco

  • Alvin Brinson

    Signed in.

    Did not get 10gb additional space. Nor any mention of it.

  • Stacey Liu

    And what do you know... It still can't render word documents smoothly. I haven't found a single Android office app that does. Maybe the Office 365 app does, but I don't have a subscription, so I can't check. Apple figured this out. Why can't Google?

    Also the start screen UI is atrocious. That list looks terrible. OfficeSuite is more #holoyolo than this.

  • jp

    it cannot open excel files with password

  • nvillaco

    Is anyone else annoyed that the Drive app and Quickoffice's icons look basically exactly the same?

    • GreenyO

      It was done on purpose.

    • firesoul453

      Its not like they look almost identical. You can clearly tell which one is which. It wouldn't make any sense for them to look completely different from a marketing standpoint.

      • nvillaco

        Mehhh... Too similar. I think they should've either rolled it into one app or make it 2 apps with distinguishable features and distinguishable icons.

  • James Francis

    I was excited, then I read some of the comments... So, basically my tablet is still far from replacing my laptop work working on Google Docs. And as I just discovered, I still need to run OpenOffice on the side, since Docs can't always get its head around proper spreadsheet conversion. This might fill the gaps for the occasional document or presentation, but for professional writers like me the tablet Office ecosystems still need to evolve quite a bit...

    On the upside, haven't lost a document since the days of Writely...

    • mesmorino

      Nah, your tablet can replace your laptop... Just don't create documents using Google Drive, I think that's where the issue is. If you do that, then they'll show up in the new quickoffice app as uneditable pdfs. If you create your documents and save them as .docx then you'll be fine

      • James Francis

        But I do all my work in Google Drive/Docs.

        • mesmorino

          That's not a problem, It just means you won't be able to *create* new documents using Google Drive. At least not if you want to edit them with Quickoffice

          So you can use Quickoffice to create them, save them to Google Drive, and carry on editing, saving, etc

          If you create documents with Google Drive, the Quickoffice app won't be able to edit them.

          Alternately, you can just ignore the new Quickoffice app altogether and stick to how you were doing it before: I mean it didn't even exist last week, so... yeah

          • James Francis

            Ah, okay. But that sounds like I am exchanging one ecosystem for another. So I'd have to abandon using Docs altogether, even on my laptop. What I'd like to do is use my tablet more and as such augment my ability to do my work in more places. But I want to keep using both and for a second I though this would do that trick. Sadly not.

            What I want is a proper, fully featured Google Docs app that can do everything the web client can and completely blur the line between the two platforms.

          • James Francis

            Yeah, that is true. I was just hoping for more seamless integration.

      • Anders CT

        Seriously, if Google cannot get Quick Office to work with Google Docs someone in Google needs a rough spanking. They will fix this or become a complete laughing stock.

      • Funem

        If you use OfficeSuite Pro - which is better in my opinion - you can use Google Drive, Dropbox and other cloud storage from within the app. There is a free trial version if you want to give it a go.

  • abobobilly

    I got excited by reading about additional 10GB FREE storage, until i read "2 year" written next to it.

    Bloody Google.

    • firesoul453

      Everyone wants it but I bet almost no one actually ends up using it.

      • abobobilly

        I have another reason for not using Cloud Storage. Its slow upload speeds by ISPs in our country and the non-existent 3G-like services. (When i mean slow, its literally 10-11KB/s and on an "ordinary" DSL of 2Mb, barely 50KB/s)

        Assuming i DO have all these services, i will definitely use the additional cloud storage. I can store my songs, upload my apps and what not.

        But YES you are right. Generally, not everyone ends up using it.

        But then again, "The more the merrier", so ......

  • KS

    but how to claim that free storage??? :O

    • firesoul453

      auto roll out over time from what I undetstand.

  • Timotheus

    Was excited and then figured out I wasn't excited.

  • Qliphah

    Welp with no sort or filter options for excel this is useless to me. Kingsoft it is then.

    • firesoul453

      kingsoft is awesome! Hard to believe its free. (How do they make money?)

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    Has anyone gotten their 10GB yet?

    • compwrench

      No. When I opened a document it asked if I wanted goog docs or QO. Had no QO installed??

  • Heather Larson

    I tried to open a file on my Google Drive app and it wont let :(