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Google's releasing two new apps for Android and iOS today: Google Docs and Google Sheets, dedicated editors for documents and spreadsheets. Aw yeah.

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Both apps are totally offline-enabled, so no connection is needed to edit or create new sheets or documents. There's also a dedicated app for Slides coming soon, so we'll be on the lookout for that. For now, the apps don't seem to do any more than the Drive editor did, but the very fact that they exist probably means we can expect Google to start crafting more fully-featured experiences for these products down the line. At least I hope so.

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The new apps are available on the Play Store now, so go get 'em!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Jovie Brett Bardoles

    So what's with Android 5.5?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Tomato salad confirmed

      • Simon Belmont

        They finally realized all the sweet named Android versions were making people fat. Android 5.5 implements a diet.

        You could call it Project Svelte 2.0. *dodges tomatoes*

        • Omar Feliciano

          Lmao

    • http://NathanBrauer.com Nathan J. Brauer

      Not sure I follow. What am I missing?

  • Bence Zagyi

    The third app when coming out ???

  • Dinofan01

    So these aren't that different than the drive app... Or are they? I can't say I edit documents on the go much. These just seem really unnecessary. Drive is now split up into four apps when you add QuickOffice. That seems like high tier Google redundancy.

    • http://duendedeloslibros.blogspot.com.es/ Belén Cebrián

      Yeah, I'm thinking the same. Confused anybody? They're removing Drive functionality, and releasing it apart like this? And Quickoffice get removed too, or what? With Hangouts they're simplifying everything into one unique app, and now we get this... Nonsense.

    • Adam Truelove

      If you've ever used a Chromebook, it's not that confusing. ChromeOS does the same thing. New users don't know about Drive's office capabilities, so making them independent apps is easier for people to find.

      • Henrique Persechini

        ^ This

      • TheDrizzle

        Why not make a Google Office Suite app that does all the office tasks in one single app? They could make Drive more for just storage and not separate out Docs and Sheets into different apps. I don't like it.

    • abqnm

      So first we had Google Docs. Then we got Google Drive to replace Google Docs. Now we have Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Sheets. Hmm...

      I get it though. It is a way to add exposure to the Google apps suite. I am sure we will see each of these separate apps on new Nexus and GPE devices, as a way to make it easier for new users to discover them.

  • SVem26

    Yay.. Update Wednesday begins..

    http://i.imgur.com/ji9yEJs.gif

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Man that makes me uncomfortable

      • SVem26

        Haha I thought that was apt enough..

      • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

        Can never go wrong with Bo Burnham. =]

      • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

        It's even better with sound lol

  • yodatom10

    Ugh liked it better all tied into Google drive app

    • Adam Truelove

      It still is, these separate apps are just for visibility.

  • AbbyZFresh

    That was all of a sudden.

  • DforDesign

    Why google released it when there is Quickoffice? They could have it AIO, right? What is Quickoffice missing compared to those apps?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      QuickOffice is more for interoperability between formats. Drive has always sucked at handling .doc / .docx / .xls etc., and I don't think Google's really interested in fixing that at this point. QuickOffice will probably stick around for that reason alone - it's much better at handling alternative formats.

      Parsing out Drive like this will also make it more exposed to inexperienced users. As it stands, going to an app called Drive to create a document is not really intuitive. It'll also let them update features of each discretely.

      The whole situation with the # of apps, though, is definitely kind of a mess.

      • DforDesign

        True. I feel like Google hired someone from Samsung to make separe apps for each tasks -_- Bloatware...

      • br_hermon

        They need to gut QuickOffice and implement the features into "Docs" and "Sheets." They also need to merge Keep with Docs too. Really I see this as going more towards a LibreOffice suite style. Drive = LibreOffice (just a front of shortcuts leading to other apps and also handles file storage). Docs = Writer, Sheets = Calc and so on and so on. It's like David and others said, this is just to get the apps out from hiding within Drive and offer users an entire suite of apps.

        • Jamie

          could keep 'Keep' as an OneNote Rival!

          Keep is effectively 'Notes'

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        They should make Quickoffice be the engine for Drive when users try to open .docx files, etc. and let the brand die off. It would make the experience more seamless and less dependent on user input (the user has to know about drive's issues with such files and deliberately open them with quickoffice; until the user does that it might as well get frustrated by opening them with drive).

    • xnadax

      As far as I know, QuickOffice can't edit "native" Google Docs documents, and all documents created using Google Drive on my computer is in the Google Docs format.

  • Darren Nugent

    does this matter since there's google drive and quick office?

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    The Docs app doesn't seem any better at editing documents than Drive. Dunno why it was separated into its own app.

    EDIT: Something I did notice is that these apps use the new colored Action Bar Google's been implementing into their new apps, further confirming this is the visual they want Android shifting towards (as if there was any doubt at this point).

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      I'm hoping this allows them to do bug fixes faster. I use sheets for the most part and it's pretty crashtastic sometimes.

    • Adam Truelove

      These aren't separate, they are just for visibility so people actually use them.

      • Alex

        They are separate. I've installed them and they have different offline functionality (editing, not just viewing) to Drive.

    • Alex

      The new apps allow offline editing. The old one only allowed offline viewing.

  • nerd

    it appears that even if you pinned a doc or sheet in google drive you will have to repin the same docs/sheets in the doc/sheets app....that's redundant (and stupid).

  • Christopher Robert

    Death to Quick office?

    • Taylor00

      I was wondering the same too, weird.

  • Jalok Xlem

    God damn it Google! There is no consistency in your apps! What the hell is wrong with you guys? ಥ╭╮ಥ

    Little off topic rageyness: Also the design in the apps are all over the place! You get Google Keyboard which looks like from 4.4 Dark Holo KitKat, Calendar which looks like 4.0 Light Holo Jelly Bean, Google Goggles which looks like from 3.0 Honeycomb, Keep which looks like an iOS design.

    Fine whatever! I guess I just have to deal with it for a the time being. I do have to thank them for helping me making my life convenient and organized. <_<

    • SVem26

      Keep is iOS design? what are you talking about?

      • Jalok Xlem

        Google "Keep" (Note taking app) looks like what you would see in a iOS [iPhone/iPad] app.

        • SVem26

          Are you sure you are talking about this?

          • Jalok Xlem

            Yeah. That is what I am talking about...

            Nevermind, I should of not brought up this rant in the first place. Where I am getting at is that I don't like how Google's apps layout/designs are not consistent to one another, compared to lets say iOS and Windows Phone layout/design consistency...(I think. Correct me if I'm wrong with an example.)

            Other times, I can't understand why they couldn't just combine some apps to make it into a 'big convenient overallish' app. Like Google+ + Hangouts, Quickoffice + Drive + Sheets + Docs, and Keyboard + Text-To-Speech (for some reason it has to take a second or two to take off google keyboard, in order to bring up text-to-speech. It should be built in the app in the first place).

    • Aooga

      Finally someone who understands. I have no idea what Google is doing. Unless they're planning some enormous redesign of Android, they're just copying iOS now. All the action bar icons look like iOS icons, not the standard Android icons that google keeps telling developers to use. The "Plus" icon is just the iOS one, and so are the other phones.

  • Adam Truelove

    This is purely for visibility. It is identical to the Google Drive stuff. 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.

    • xnadax

      For being just shortcuts they are very large in size (10-13 MB) :) I'm guessing they are going to remove the overlapping features from the Drive app in the future.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

      This allows you to edit offline, don't think you can do that in the Drive app-haven't used it in awhile so could be mistaken.

  • Simon Belmont

    Wait, so, now they have Drive, Quick Office, Sheets, and Docs for Android? Why?

    Just make one damned app that does everything. I don't want four or five apps with overlapping abilities.

    • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

      Remove editing from drive. Let Quick Office outdated. Use Docs for... docs and sheets for sheets.
      Looks fine by me.

      • Simon Belmont

        Is that really what's happening, though? I'd be more than happy for things to "make sense" in the grand scheme of things.

        What you said would make a lot of sense, but what I'm seeing now is just duplication to get more document editing exposure to Google's apps. I'm not upset if it adds features, but I'd like a little consistency.

        • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

          Well, El Goog doesn't know what the word consistency means.

          • Simon Belmont

            Haha. You can say that again.

            But yeah, Drive for storing stuff. Docs/Sheets for their respective duties and the sunsetting of Quick Office wouldn't be a terrible start.

      • didibus

        Quickoffice does Word documents though, can Docs do that?

      • Alex

        I doubt docs will ever edit native word documents, which is what QuickOffice is useful for.

        QuickOffice can only view Google Docs files as PDF, not edit them.

        It would be nice if they were integrated, but they don't really overlap at all.

      • TheDrizzle

        How is this fine? I'm not attacking you personally, I'm more wondering how Google thought this was a good idea. We use Drive to store all our project information. We do this with Docs AND Sheets. Now I have to switch between apps when I'm going back and forth between the two? I find this very counter-productive. It's like Google didn't think people would use both at the same time.

        • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

          Because it makes more sense. I mean, you can now edit local files and from other cloud providers. What about quick office? That was a single app mess, and l think it is more coherent to split an office suite between various apps since it's the way things have worked since forever (MS Word, MS Excel, Chrome and Chrome OS acting this way, etc).

          • WestIndiesKING

            Man i a Google fan as much as the next guy but the functions currently overlap and its confusing. They need to consolidate the features and clean up what app does what. Right now QuickOffice, Google docs, and Google drive have many overlapping features. If that seems like a good idea to you then you are crazy.

          • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

            That's basically what I said on my first comment.

    • br_hermon

      Don't forget about Keep.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yes. True.

        Keep is actually pretty different, though, you could still call it a document editor, I guess. I love Keep (use it so much, but wish I could share lists with friends or family that were cross-editable).

        • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

          My gripe with Keep is - it doesn't have a "pull to refresh" option. Only way to refresh is to enable "sync" on device.

          • Simon Belmont

            Agreed. That would be fantastic (pull to refresh).

            Overall, though, Keep has been great. I just got my wife started on using it and she really likes it, too, especially for shopping lists.

        • Skyver

          I use keep as well. I found (so far) that I don't need the extra features of apps like evernote.

    • miri

      Docs and sheets are just shortcuts for accessibility and familiarity (for example with Microsoft Office when you want to create a document you open Word, not OneDrive but you can still create a document from OneDrive if you want). They did the same thing with the web versions a year or so ago.

      • WestIndiesKING

        Lol you are saying it like we are comparing Apples to Oranges here. QuickOffice isnt a entirely different app. Sure it has it difference but many of its features overlap.

        • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

          Google should put QuickOffice's magic on its apps and let it go.

        • miri

          They're both document editors but they support different formats and have different feature sets making them incompatible with each other and since they're both necessary services, two apps are needed.

        • primalxconvoy

          Except that they both come from Google. They're confusing people with oversaturating the market with similar apps.

  • Jon Leach

    Now if only they could get together a good desktop app with offline support. Screw this icon that links to an online Doc. Thats half assing it Google.

  • SixMoodyDwarves

    More pieces to the puzzle surrounding project Hera. With dedicated apps on Android, you can pick up your Google Doc or Sheet from Chrome and have it appear in an app on Android in the multitasking view. Rather than have one app on iOS, the same thing was done in order to provide consistency.

    Another point:
    Drive was meant to integrate Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc. Not replace them. Thus, you can open from the Drive app and have the file open in a respective app. Word in QuickOffice, Docs in Docs, Sheets in Sheets, etc.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I consider myself a techie and even I'm confused with which app to use for what now. Google is running like a headless chicken now.

  • cooldoods

    Makes sense to me. Install only what you need. When the dedicated Slides app arrives, Drive will probably become a mere cloud storage app like DropBox. When QuickOffice features arrive, you can uninstall QuickOffice.

  • selonmoi

    This is a good step. Document editing doesn't belong in the Drive app, itself. The problem is that, right now, you have document editing in both places. The bigger problem is that there is no way to jump directly from Drive (for organizing) to Docs or Sheets (for editing).

    I have little doubt that both of those problems will be resolved soon. Then, when you start from Drive, it will feel just like it did before. But you'll also have the ability to jump straight into Docs or Sheets.

    Also important: When that's solved, will it be with a generic mechanism that other devs can use?

    Anyhow, I see where Google is going, and I'm patient enough to wait for them to get there. In the mean time, I get offline editing, which is just awesome and much appreciated.

  • roryjoem

    I suspect the reason they're separating out these apps from drive is because drive will eventually be integrated as a file manager within android. Similar to chrome os.

    • AbbyZFresh

      So I'll be wasting Drive space on stock apps that i could easily need the space for something else like more documents?

      Bad idea.

      • Squiddles

        File Manager, ie a local file manager such as Windows' Explorer, XFCE's Thunar, Mac OS's Finder, ES File Explorer on Android, etc.

        I'll admit that I'm not entirely familiar with ChromeOS's implementation, but it sounds interesting to say the least.

  • Mystery Man

    No presentations editor?

    • Jamie

      Google Slides!
      An Android and iOS App for Slides is coming soon

  • supremekizzle

    Hancom office... Absolute best office app ever made. It is literally Word on android.

    • primalxconvoy

      Links please.

  • Friso Wels

    Dat ugly new search icon :( (also seen on the Gmail leaks). Please tell me that leak isn't ging tot be real....

  • Jorge Ivan Sanchez Gonzalez

    The tools and editor interface looks the same as QuickOffice, I'd hope something better.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    At. Fucking. Last.
    I hope this means bye bye to QuickOffice

    • primalxconvoy

      Quick office pro (the version prior to Google buggering it up) can still be sideloaded and works fine (except it seems to crash often with the new Google keyboard).

  • Tarun

    You guys didn't cover the Google keyboard update. Cover that as well

  • JG

    What's the point?

    The only difference I saw when I just used the new spreadsheet app was that when I selected the file I wanted, the list was filtered, displaying only my sheets files. Once I opened one, it looked like the same interface to manipulate and view the file.

    Personally, I like having one single app (Drive) as opposed to the multiple apps. It helps to keep the app drawer less cluttered, and I can just pop the Drive app on one of my home pages and have access to any document, rather than needing to use the real estate with 2 different icons (or the couple extra clicks a folder would add).

  • Roger J. Stevens

    Looks interesting ! Also, do try out Collate Box as an alternative for google docs.

  • primalxconvoy

    "Both apps are totally offline-enabled, so no connection is needed to edit or create new sheets or documents."

    Er, I just tested the docs app and it automatically saved it to my Google Drive.

    Methinks you are wrong.

  • Tal

    I honestly hate it. It was perfect before, and now it is a set of huge apps on my space-limited tablet. Thanks for nothing, Google.

  • Mum

    Sheets app for android seems to have no charting capability - there is no chart icon, there are no insert menu - help?

  • Miroslav Karabaliev

    Both desktop and mobile versions are getting worse in term of functionality.

    1. The new Google Drive for Desktop doesn't support version control of uploaded documents.
    2. The Spreadsheets in Android do not support charts and scripts. It used to be possible at least to open the spreadsheet in desktop mode in a browser, but now it doesn't work.

    What a regret!

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