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Google is sneaking one more update in this week, and it's an odd one. After pushing out the new Docs and Sheets apps, Google is now updating the main Drive app and actually removing some functionality. You will now be prompted to install Docs or Sheets if you want to edit, but it's not as bad as it sounds at first.

2014-05-03 00.42.18 2014-05-03 01.23.56 2014-05-03 00.42.48 2014-05-03 00.51.44


What's new

  • Rearranged slide-out navigation panel with settings link (no longer in overflow menu)
  • Prompts to install Docs and Sheets for editing capability
  • Automatically uses Docs and Sheets apps in Drive
  • New file button now in overflow menu
  • New refresh item in overflow menu

The first thing you'll notice when updating is that you need to have the new Docs and Sheets app installed to edit anything. It's a little odd – you are actually prompted to install them when you try to view and edit anything. Without these new apps installed, you get a crappy view-only mode that doesn't even have word wrap.

Once you get Docs and Sheets installed, the experience is almost the same as it ever was. The Drive app loads up your documents via these other apps with the same options you'd have if you simply opened Docs or Sheets. Yeah, it's a little confusing, but it might allow Google to update editing features of each file type individually rather than rolling out a new version of Drive each time.

We know that a Slides presentation app is coming, which should plug in like the exiting apps do, but there are also hints in the APK strings that a Drawings app could be on the way as well.

Download

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.apps.docs-1.3.144.17.apk.

Version: 1.3.144.17 (Android 2.3+). Note: The APK below is 4.0+ only

MD5: 1d3042be6f4cbe9515e449c46cf9c004.

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  • Taylor00

    Poor Quickoffice, he must be feeling really awkward right now.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Kingsoft Office is 10x superior to Quickoffice in every way. And also has Drive integration.

      • Taylor00

        That's not the point, Quickoffice is owned by Google, while Kingsoft Office obviously isn't. They are clearly phasing out QO in favor of pushing "Google Docs" to complete with Microsoft Office brand.

        • AbbyZFresh

          Google better work hard at improving Docs then. As of now, Office is still a brand name suite compared to Docs. Half the people don't even know about Drive and it's capabilities compared to Microsoft to begin with.

          • Simon Belmont

            Hence the reason they're separating the apps out. Exposure and advertising that they have an "office" suite, too, that isn't buried in Drive and not as "discoverable" to the general masses.

            Don't get me wrong, I don't like needing the extra apps to perform the same things I could do with Drive by itself. But that's what it boils down to, and us power users don't count in this demographic.

          • Raymond Berger

            I agree however in the past year I've seen Drive become quite popular in my school. Many students write papers and stuff on it in the school computers. However, later they copy it to word for easier formatting.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Because Office is usually bundled alongside Windows and is accessed much easier from within the OS with dedicated apps and instant offline editing, while Drive does not have that and you have to open a site, then do some shit, or register a Google account if you don't have one, and so much hassle and wasted time when you could already finuah half of your work with MS Office

          • Twelk

            Office is bundled along with new computers but normally only a months trial of office 365. Most regular users don't want to shell out £80 a year for a subscription. Drive does allow offline editing although it's true that it is done through the browser. Registering for a Google account is hard?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            For me? Not at all

            But for user? It may very well be. Average Joe chooses the path that involves as less hassle for a selected process (in this case - it's the office suite work) e.g. no need to open browsers or registering accounts and such, hence why many still go over for Office 2010 or even 2007 because even if you get them legally they don't require you to buy a subscription unlike the Office 365 and such

            That's why Microsoft's solution has been dominating the market of office suite apps for all these years and all other third party solutions including Google drive have little to no niche

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

            I think that depends on the people you know. While I won't argue that Office has more band recognition than Docs. Drive seems to be more popular than One drive (or skydrive or whatever they are calling it this week). Plus nearly nobody I have come in contact with knows that you can edit office docs online. So while M$ beat in the software department, since everything is moving online does it really matter? I think if Google can stay ahead in the mindshare of editing documents online it might not matter if Office is seen as the best local software.

      • Matt

        What's Kingsoft Office? I've been pretty happy with OfficeSuite and used QuickOffice for the free storage, but somehow I've never heard of that.

    • tehboogieman

      Why do you think that el goog bought QuickOffice? It wasn't to keep it around

    • hyperbolic

      This is why I am not updating. (not just yet..)

  • nebula

    OR, they're announcing some kind of plugin integration at google i/o, so everyone can write apps for google drive, just like the spreadsheets and docs integration.

    But I'm just dreaming here.

    • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

      You can already do this... long-press on a thing and look for "Open with".

      • nebula

        that's not the same. But the web version of drive already supports plugins.

        • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

          How is it not the same? You can open with a local Android app or with one of the Drive plugins (in a mobile browser instance). What functionality is missing, exactly?

          • nebula

            Drive plugins would be directly for the drive app. They just work without "Open with", like the new docs and spreadsheet apps. Developers could easily develop apps for drive with a pre-build structure.

  • David Margolin

    not really liking this. one app for everything just seems easier to me

    • Rafael Luik

      With the current Android multitasking model 1 app for everything is terrible.

    • Anthony Wingfield

      I really don't understand all this dislike..what is harder??? The drive app still links you to docs..There's not even an extra click.. just more functionality and an extra icon

      • David

        The fact that you have to install an extra app...obviously. There is no need any bit what so ever to force us to install two new apps for something that used to be all together and neat. Now i have two more icons and a little more space wasted for no reason.

        • TY

          Why would you even mind icons in the app drawer? The very existence of the app drawer is to make that no matter how many apps you've installed, your home screen can still be very clean.

          Two apps can be better because of the task switcher. You cannot switch back and forth if it is the same app. Now you can edit a .doc while checking a .xls, then go back to drive to download other things.

          And space... I don't know. If they removed those bits the drive app itself should be smaller in size. Someone need to check the total storage used.

          • Roger Siegenthaler

            On that note I'd love multiple-instances of the same app at times, especially for document editing^^

      • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

        This is my stance as well. I see no workflow difference, except now it's easier to access recent docs / sheets, and I have offline editing (finally).

    • Raymond Berger

      It's a bit annoying but since I use Nova launcher I'll just hide the docs and spreadsheets apps.

    • Jenn

      I agree. This removes a lot of the functionality from Drive; the folders, the items shared with you, even being able to open documents in different Apps. Basically, this removes everything that I really loved about Drive. I might have to just switch to something else on mobile altogether.

  • John

    Annnd only Google Drive for iOS gets pass code lock feature.
    https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/google-drive/id507874739?mt=8

    Why in the world would this not be implemented into Android's Google Drive app???
    This is my one missing feature from Drive that I'd really like to have. Box and Dropbox have had it for quite some time.

    • Simon Belmont

      I'm getting tired of seeing the iOS versions get the neat features before the Android versions do, myself. Didn't the iOS version of Hangouts get stickers and other stuff we STILL haven't gotten yet?

      Not to beat a dead horse, but it seems dumb that the company that makes the OS for the apps they're updating doesn't update their own OS' apps first. Blah.

      • John

        Yeah, I think there's something I don't understand about that process. I don't care so much who gets it first. It's more about just adding the same, especially security related, features.

        • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

          Obviously the developers for iOS and Android are on separate teams. Still, there needs to be better coordination between the two to maintain feature parity - especially something like document pin lock, when Google is (reportedly) trying to posit Android as a corporate-friendly OS.

          • Sean Cummins

            The only excuse I can muster is that for a long time iOS attracted more/better developers. So once Android gained ground and hired new developers, the iOS guys already had the upper hand.

        • http://www.prosoftstudio.com/ Brandon Enriquez

          It seems like the iOS development team has more experience or is not running into roadblocks. Although they are different teams, they both probably report to the same group that plans features. I don't think they're leaving out features purposely, it's more like Android is not getting them pushed out before release deadlines.

      • Kevin Aaronson

        IOS also got the huge google maps update months before android last year. Blows my mind...

      • KojiroAK

        My guess, they aren't certain about this features themself or how well they will work in daily use, and in this case what would be a better audience then people staying in line to buy a product everyone knows will still have some issues on the first batches, just to tell people they were the first to have it?

        Easy test audience.

        Or didn't you notice, that many Apple user praise Apple for solving problems, they didn't have before the update came?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Yes, this is a big bummer, of course. But I think that this move is being made to make the experience of Google ecosystem on an Apple device first so that the users would realize how nice it is and make him/her switch to android in the long run, where they would experience the same apps (and kinda design wise) on a different system and wouldn't feel uncomfortable, hence why iOS updates are being released earlier. It's all a part of the luring plan

    • David A. Martinez

      I agree 100%. I didn't see this when I posted my comment. You hit the nail right on the head.

  • http://www.corbindavenport.com/ Corbin Davenport

    I'm staying on the old one for now. I'm not installing two additional apps (and soon one or two more) for the same functionality, and having QuickOffice on top of that.

    Google needs to be combining their office apps, not further fragmenting them.

    • Rafael Luik

      OK, just tell me, how do you keep a text doc and a sheet opened at the same time?

    • Chris C.

      How is this fragmenting? Going by that logic we should combine all of Google's services into one massive all-in-one app. Now say you have got a bug with fonts, or a camera filter not working. Update the massive app? Or divide into logical sections, and update individually, with different teams working on different apps (which is what they are doing.

      • Jossh

        Its discussion is about the concept of an app itself !

  • AbbyZFresh

    I hate you Google. That was completely unnecessary. The current Drive app worked just fine. Now you want me to install more apps to get the same Damn feature?

    • selonmoi

      Please explain the significance to you of the number of installed apps.

      P.S. Docs and Sheets have full offline editing capabilities, so this is a huge upgrade.

      • Jon Leach

        Havent they always had this functionality? Ive been knocked offline while editing on the desktop and still had my work saved

        • selonmoi

          No, they haven't. Pin a doc, go into airplane mode, and try editing the doc in Drive (before this update). It won't work.

        • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

          The key phrase is "on the desktop". Offline editing was never a feature of the mobile / tablet apps until now.

      • Mary

        Actually you could click the "offline mode" button and edit documents online. Not too mention how Docs and Sheets doesn't show folders, items shared with you, or allow you to open documents in other apps. Actually there's a lot less functionality that 'power users' rely on.

        • selonmoi

          View, not edit.

  • Simon Belmont

    So, now instead of needing one app I need three to do the same thing. That's really thoughtful, Google.

    This is just bloat for bloat's sake, IMO. Yes, it's probably making the apps more "visible" but, to me, it's just more apps to download to achieve the same outcome, which is less convenient.

    • AbbyZFresh

      That's Google for ya. Always changing things when they aren't broken for any reason.

      • Anthony Wingfield

        Or you could think of it as giving people a better experience.. having a dedicated app gives you more power when you need it and debloats the drive app.. are you mad at the extra icon?

        • AbbyZFresh

          The drive app wasn't bloated. Google needs to realize this is Android, not the desktop Chrome. We don't really need dedicated apps like they do.

          • Anthony Wingfield

            But what's the problem with a dedicated app? What's the downside

      • Matt

        The intended audience for this change isn't us...tech geeks who already know what Drive is all about and how it offers the ability to edit documents/spreadsheets as we see fit. Instead, it's meant for those people who saw "Google Drive" and weren't quite sure whether it was just for online storage, viewing files you uploaded already, or (somehow more likely) related to car navigation. By splitting it up into Docs and Sheets, it's a nice corollary for people used to Excel spreadsheets and Word documents...it's an easier transition.

        • Simon Belmont

          Yup. That's pretty much how I see it, too.

          Like I said above, they might as well sunset Quick Office and absorb it's Office document handling into Docs and Sheets. Then let Drive just be Drive.

        • Woe, Is [S]unjay

          I am not a tech geek.....

    • miri

      Insinuating that you edit spreadsheets with Docs or store miscellaneous files in Sheets? 3 apps, 3 uses, 1 familiar paradigm.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah. They're basically catering to the people that have been brought up doing Excel for spreadsheets and Word for word processing and using those separate associated icons (not one central program) to launch them.

        I get their angle. I just prefer less clutter, but I'm not the target audience (noobs are).

    • quidpro

      They can update each app to add or improve specific features. Yeah, that's real bloat for bloat's sake. Chill your pants.

  • Jon Leach

    If this means more frequent updates to Docs and Sheets then I am all for the separation. Docs and Sheets are behind other major apps

    • Simon Belmont

      You'd think that's what it could possibly mean. But why couldn't the same updates just be bundled in a Drive update?

      This is basically just separating out of code into independent apps. It's weird.

      • Jon Leach

        Im no expert on app production but would they be able to merge to the code base quicker?

        You know what would be great is if you could auto download docs and spreadsheets. Trying to share my Google Docs with tons of DB users is tough sometimes

      • Rafael Luik

        That requires coordinating with more dev teams when compared to separated apps.

  • Derek Petersen

    It's not like they're inundating us with Drive updates for a particular document type, so I don't buy the rationale that this will allow for easier updates. This is simply Google being dumb. Why do we need five apps to do the job of one. This makes for a bad UX. I still don't know why Drive and Quickoffice can't be one app, and now you can view but not edit documents from Drive? I need three more apps, in addition to those two, in order to have all the functionality? What?

    • Simon Belmont

      This. Exactly what I was thinking.

      Separating out the apps won't make them get updated faster. Like I said below, the updates could have just as easily been bundled into the Drive app. Oh well. I guess we'll have to see where Google is taking this.

      • selonmoi

        Of course it will. If a Docs update is done today, and a Sheets update is done next week, and a Drive update is done in two weeks, you'll get the Docs update today. They won't wait to integrate and release together.

        • Simon Belmont

          Or they could just, you know, update Drive today with the same update to the Docs code and update Drive again with the Sheets code next week. There's really no difference whether it's a single app or multiple, but I understand what you're trying to say.

          Believe me, I get why Google is doing this. It's just a slightly painful process to people that were used to using Drive for document manipulation (people will get over it).

          • Jossh

            For this to be a good thing for most as of us, docs, sheets, slides, and maybe too drawing app if it comes have to be real office app, and not only the very basic use they actually have...

    • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

      How is this new separation making a bad UX? You open Drive, tap on the thing you want to edit, and you find yourself in the same situation you would be in a week ago. Alternatively, if you want to edit a file you use frequently, you can use the Docs / Sheets icons to quickly get to it instead of drilling down in the Drive app.

      I see no extra steps required if you want to do things the way they've been done for the last couple years, and nothing but added functionality (offline editing) in return. Two extra icons in the app drawer? Not a huge deal.

      • Derek Petersen

        It's bad because it's not necessary. Drilling down into apps is part of the routine and accepted app experience. If I want to compose an email, I go to Gmail. I don't need or want a separate icon in my drawer for the option to compose an email, nor would I even expect there to be one. There's no new functionality that calls for a new icon, and personally, I do cringe at the addition of unneeded icons in my drawer. I understand this doesn't bother you, but what I'm saying is that there is no clear reason for this change, and that frustrates me.

        • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

          Your Gmail example is irrelevant. Reading and composing email is essentially the primary use case for the Gmail app; but reading and writing Docs / Sheets is not the primary use case for Google Drive, which is a cloud storage management app. The file editing features are integrated with that cloud storage, but really, they should have been separate apps from the beginning.

          • Derek Petersen

            Well, I definitely disagree with you about the Gmail example. Just because the Gmail app has a more limited scope in terms of overall purpose and experience, doesn't mean the example is irrelevant. There are definitely parallels. I do agree with you, however, that the Drive experience could improve overall. Hopefully this is what they are trying to do, but obviously they have a long ways to go, and a full fragmentation of the Drive app would be necessary for that, not half measures.

            Peace out, friend. I'm off to do something with my Saturday. Have a good one.

          • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

            So what about Google Play Music, Movies & TV, Newsstand - should they all be rolled into the Google Play app? Or is it safe to say that while they all share the same core backend, they all do different things and should be separate? Would you change your current opinion if these apps gained more functionality on their own (although they already have), or if there were simply more of them (slides, drawings, etc.)?

  • Anthony Wingfield

    Why do I even have seperate drive and Gmail apps! Why can't all the Google apps be one app.. so much fragmentation is dumb.. actually why don't I just have one app that does everything.. stupid Google always making things confusing

    • Simon Belmont

      Straw man argument. The Gmail app and Drive app have nothing to do with each other.

      Drive originally WAS Google Docs. So it's a valid thing to question.

      • Anthony Wingfield

        They share the same storage don't they? And drive was Google docs except it isn't anymore.. if anything the drive app was a remnant of the previous drive/docs implementation

        • Simon Belmont

          It's not the storage. It's the whole needing of separate apps downloaded to achieve the same effect that slightly irks me.

          In the long run will it be a huge problem? Probably not. I don't know what Google's strategy is on this yet. If they're going to kill all document processing in Drive and separate it all out, then at least that would be more cohesive. What they have now isn't cohesive (what about poor old Quick Office?). But that's Google for you.

          • Anthony Wingfield

            That's exactly what they've done.. You can't edit in the drive app anymore.. they're breaking it out...

            And quick office is for office documents if I remember correctly? Office docs and can be converted to Google docs but if you don't want to do that then you use quick office.. it's a niche product? Maybe I'm wrong

          • Simon Belmont

            Can't edit, but can still view. If they're going to separate out the functionality, they might as well go whole hog.

            What they're doing now is probably a stepping stone towards that, but like I said, we won't know until it's finished. Also, they should just sunset Quick Office, and absorb its features into Docs and Sheets if this is their grand plan.

          • paul

            Quick office can't even open .docx files correctly... Never understood that purchase...kingsoft and OfficeSuite would make sense IMO.

          • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

            I'm pretty sure the viewing capability is nothing more than the mobile site in a contained browser instance, which means there's not much code to it. There's no real benefit to removing the view-only features, especially in the cases where someone might need to view a doc / sheet but never edit them. Personally, I could see grabbing my phone to look at something quickly, but wanting to edit it on my tablet (if needed) instead.

          • Simon Belmont

            Removing it would further entice folks to install Docs and Sheets. If Google is going to push for this separation of apps, then they might as well go all the way.

            I see your point about quickly viewing something. It's just incongruous with what they're trying to ultimately do (get people to notice their "office" suit apps).

    • selonmoi

      +1000

      The "bloat" bleaters have lost their minds. Drive, Docs, and Sheets make no more sense as a single app than Search, Gmail, and Calendar.

      It's just legacy. Get over it.

      • Anthony Wingfield

        The worst part is that if it's "bloat" then you don't use it and you don't have to install it.. If it useful to you then it's not bloat is just another app.. I'm all for minimalism and clean design..two extra nice looking icons isn't a problem

    • QQ

      This way different teams can work on different apps. Do you really want a 600MB "GOOGLE" app that does everything Google, even the stuff you don't want.

      • Wesley Modderkolk

        Imagine having to update that every time

  • zacharyliu

    It's debatable whether or not this reduces or increases "bloat". On one hand, it means more apps to install and icons in the drawer, and maybe a slight increase in total app code space. But on the other hand, splitting up the apps slims down each of them. You could say the all-in-one Drive app was getting pretty bloated with all those editors and media players bundled into one app.

    • David Sousa

      +1. Splitting apps make each experience feels leas bloated because you don't need to load most of it if you don't need it. To me it makes perfect sense to separate docs and sheets.

      By the way, did you guys notice the icons now follow the new design style? More credibility to it.

    • Jossh

      The Drive services and functionalities are REORGANIZED. That may mean that they will also EVOLVE soon.

      The different split apps are still very near (where does the offline files are stored, drive or docs) because they didn't changed them at all for now then it feels like weird at the begging.
      But when they will apply the changes they planned, things may become more relevant...
      ... If at least they improve these apps. I wish they'll do!

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Doesn't this mean more apps will be bundled with phones? Does Google want users to suffocate from bloat? Or will devices approved by Google still only have Drive instead of all its additional components as well?

  • Rafael Luik

    Did it decrease in size?

    It makes more sense... Now we only need to discover what's going to happen to QuickOffice.

    • Roh_Mish

      If I am correct only quickoffice has PDF support till now. The drive app does not have it. (I use qo for PDFs and I don't see drive as option.)

  • miri

    I think the whole fragmentation debacle has give Android users an irrational obsession with unification.

  • paul

    Now Google can expand Drive with more apps (draw/sign, fax, edit etc) without overloading one app "Drive". Don't use draw? Don't install it...this would prevent " bloat".
    On a personal note...it let's me modify these new apps without rooting my Note 3 because Drive is baked in to touch wiz.
    (MW-Pen App Enabler)
    Now I can use docs and sheets in Pen window/multi window!!!

  • Rafael Luik

    People, think a little, why isn't every Google app part of a single Google.apk? Once you realize this you'll understand.

    • Chris C.

      Modular format...to be able to implement updates on very specific areas without doing a whole OS upgrade. You can update a bug in sheets, or camera, without sending an OTA to the OS. I don't see why people don't understand this.

      • Greg

        Drive already was a separate apk you could update independently, so this is a bit harder to understand.

      • br_hermon

        LOL Pretty sure Rafael was being sarcastic there Chris :)

  • Tom Daley

    how about INSTANT UPLOAD to drive???? GRRRRR!

  • paul

    Thanks Google, (You too Aeon Time),
    for saving my productivity on my Note 3!

  • selonmoi

    "Google is sneaking one more update in this week, and it's an odd one."

    It's not odd at all. Before this update, you could start Docs directly and edit a file there, or you could start Drive and edit a Docs file there. Worse yet, you could Jump from Docs to Drive (in the slide-out menu), but if you selected a doc, you didn't go back to Docs.

    This is an obvious and important step forward.

  • joser116

    They should have just kept everything easy and integrated.

  • http://about.me/chrisfink Chris Fink

    so... that doesn't seem to be very forward thinking. ok... so this person is sitting there looking at all their files, aaand wants to open & edit one of them, oh, and now it takes them into ANOTHER APP?? um... yeah guys... might wanna clean up that messy change hmm?? right after the MS Office app drops free for Android, the best you guys can do is dump people into multiple apps to edit?! and what about +Quickoffice?? just kinda letting that app rot now? how about combining the functionality of quickoffice & drive so that Google actually has a streamlined competitor that people just simply open up, find their doc, and edit away... yeah... why don't you guys get to work on that idea, mmkay? >.< #smdh #fail #backwards #muddled #confusingusers #nottheimprovementyouwerelookingfor

    • QQ

      #rant #rantmore #rantevenmore #notthehashtagyouwerelookingfor

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Okay, so now Drive does not let you edit anything, neither online nor offline. How about Google includes a full file managing capability into Tue app and just put links to docs/sheets/slides (when that one comes out) in the hamburger menu so that users wouldn't be that much confused upon trying to open a document through drive?

  • Henrique Persechini

    I wouldn't think this makes any sense if I hadn't spent days remembering my mother that her Google docs are now part of Google drive(at the time of the rebranding)

    Separating apps will do wonders for the features visibility, but I have to agree making it mandatory kinda sucks

  • supremekizzle

    Why can't they join the functionality of the apps? Half the fucking icons in my drawer are Google apps.

  • deltatux

    Sounds so counterintuitive. Still not sure I'm sold on this idea at all...

  • Guillaume

    When will the folders be the same colors as in the Web interface? Does anybody care about that except me? Lol

  • fnquaso

    The way I see it is that it wouldn't make sense to unify all Google Play apps in one Google Play Media app. So why should the Google Drive suite be bundled in one app? Think about that.

    • Lexster

      Because that's a false comparison? Google Drive is already a single webpage, so why separate it in Google Apps? You don't go to sheets.google.com, you go to drive.google.com

      • Jossh

        It's true, but Google play also have the same domain name for store, music, movies, newsstand, books, apps and games, but separated apps.
        Google drive folders doesn't have the same interface that the document editing apps, and each have one icon.

      • Jossh

        On the other hand, all of the office app I know so far does have a unique beginning interface (Libre office, Microsoft...) redirecting to all kind of interface (writer/word, excel/calc, presentation/PowerPoint...)
        Like drive was before.

      • Jossh

        Maybe that was because the Drive editing sub-apps would have been far too heavy to be integrated within another app.
        I think what they made is a great thing, but now, the fact that they apps are separated should be faster than together, and be really full featured document edition tools, or it wouldn't need to be separated.

  • Waleed Al Suwaimel

    Could it be for brand recognition reasons? Google Drive was first called Google Docs before it got renamed. I noticed that a lot of students in my school still call it Google Docs. Maybe because they only use it as an office productivity tool. It's only "Docs" to them. Also, there are users who use drive only to store files/backups. They don't need the editing apps. I think it makes some sense for separate editing apps. More users may realize that "Drive" is the "a cloud storage" service. It's where money is. It must be a rarity for the "docs only" people to need extra space and pay for it.

    • firesoul453

      Thats does make a lot of sense to me.

  • Anthrox

    im all for the breakout of the app hopefully the means a faster update process for docs and even drive itself.

    hopefully they integrate the quickoffice features into these silo apps so we have a more streamline branding and dump quickoffice altogether

  • richardarkless

    My prediction is that the Drive app will be renamed to Files like in Chrome OS where it will display all your files from Drive, Downloads, Photos, etc

    • SixMoodyDwarves

      Thus creating yet another connection to Project Hera.

      P.S. Check out my other comments for more theories on how Project Hera relates to Android.

      • Stanley Chan

        Please explain this project Hera. Google will sync all our files, location and everything to f*** with us?

        • SixMoodyDwarves

          Google will sync/merge Chrome and Android.

          • Stanley Chan

            But this already happen...

            Boring... Though its was another conspiration theory😕

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    "Oh, so you got QuickOffice preloaded on your device? Well fuck you!"

  • tabatt13

    Whereis the PIN code lock feature that Ios users got on their last update? Should they have better security than Android users?

    • firesoul453

      PIN lock when logging into docs? Or what?

      • David A. Martinez

        Pin lock for Drive to protect access to your files. It's an added layer of security already available in Box, Dropbox, Evernote and others. I always wondered why Google didn't include it. Now they have with their last update, but only for iOS.

  • TDN

    Looks like I will be using QuickOffice more now...

  • Albin

    As long as i can edit Drive documents in the browser I don't need this junk. Google is out to clog up the internal storage on my phone with its flood of increasingly obese app updates with unwanted marketing "features", and to eliminate the microSD card forcing purchase of another phone.

  • Issity

    Some time ago Google introduced the "New Google Sheets" with new functionality. Unfortunately it was impossible to open these new sheets in Drive on android. There was only message about outdated version of Drive app.
    So now at last we can view and edit new sheets but still many people are angry. Quite weird.

  • Nathan J

    Welcome back, Docs. I remember when we had Docs before. I remember it changing its name to Drive and the icon as well. Now Docs is back and it has the same icon. A better interface, though.

    Funny thing about Sheets (those of us on the East Coast are thinking, Sheetz, what does Google have to do with gas stations/convenience stores/late night stoner food?) is, I seem to remember a big deal about Google Docs, early on, being that you could upload MS Office files. And I have done so and my (very basic) spreadsheet that was created in MS Office 2003 edits just fine in Kingsoft... And I think it opened in Drive, when Drive would open Google Docs... But it's greyed out in Sheets, a second-class citizen file with its XLS format highlighted. It wasn't converted after all? There should be an easy way to convert it. Now it can't even open it. (Kingsoft can convert it to .csv, but I want my formatting.)

  • optiks

    Tried it...can't open a single file from Drive. When I go to Drive and select a word file it gives me a list of available apps except Docs to open the file. If I try to open it from the shortcut file icon all my files in Drive a not accessible. Same with Sheets. So pretty useless for me on Android since I'm only able to open files with QO, MS Office (pretty crappy mobile app), or Kingsoft. But for some reason works fine on iOS....strange (although for iPad I prefer MS Office).

  • Mike

    My Google Drive is counting the storage of videos that are under 15 mins duration. Is any one else getting this error?

  • Kristina

    I just ran into this yesterday! Not good! I was in the middle of completing a final paper on my android tablet, as I was doing this I received the prompt to update google docs. Big Mistake! I had to completely retype my entire paper that was due yesterday instead of working on my other paper that is due today and I am now behind on! Google Docs only kept my most recent revisions to my paper, not the entire paper. Luckily, Google Drive allowed me to view a previous draft but I was unable to "Restore" that draft so I had to retype the entire document going back and forth between the two different drafts. If working offline will not sync and save my edits, this will be a BIG PROBLEM!

  • Google Retards

    Google couldn't be content with only one major fuckup when "upgrading to Maps version 7 and taking away 80% of functionality, here's the NEW APPS APP! With LESS FEATURES AND MORE CUMBERSOME OPERATION! Enjoy! -- The Google Team

  • Googletards

    Google couldn't be content with only one major fuↄkup when "upgrading to Maps version 7 and taking away 80% of functionality, here's the NEW DRIVE APP! With LESS FEATURES AND MORE CUMBERSOME OPERATION! Enjoy! -- The Google Team

  • noname

    I am power drive user. I've been using drive (formerly docs) for at least five years. This Android separation is the worst. Makes it very confusing to find and use folders. Thank god it has not changed on Chromebook or the desktop, or I might have to rethink my total conversion to drive.

  • Z

    Google docs has no file structure. When I am finished editing my documents it doesn't route me back to drive where my project is nicely organized. Instead I get to see all of my documents all thrown into one directory. Just saying, it's annoying and an unnecessary waste of time.