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So long, QuickOffice, we barely knew you. Well, that's not true - the app has been around for years, long before Android itself, and before Google acquired the company last year it was considered one of the better options for those who needed Microsoft Office-style editing on the go. But now that Google is integrating the main features from QuickOffice into Google Drive/Docs, most notably the ability to edit Microsoft Office files, there's no reason to keep it around.

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QuickOffice has passed on. It is no more. It has ceased to be. It has expired and gone to meet its coder. It has shuffled off this mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. It is an ex-app. According to this short post on the Google Apps blog, QuickOffice will be removed from both the Play Store and the iOS App Store "in the coming weeks." The app will continue to function, but it won't be updated, and after it's gone there won't be any official way to download the APK.

The QuickOffice app should work on existing phones and tablets for a while, at least with current Office files. But the longer it goes without a maintenance update, the more problems it will have. The best way to continue without any issues is to switch to the new Google Docs apps or to find another alternative. Here's the updated Drive app.

Source: Google Apps blog - thanks, Matt!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Damian

    Of course, Google developers can remove apps from their account, but we just can unpublish them...

  • Alfredo Hernández

    And a decent PDF reader, pls.

  • Tom

    Of course it's not going anywhere yet if you're a Nexus device user who has it installed on the system without their choice...

    • Zak Taccardi

      you can disable it

      • Arthur Jolivet

        Like GCurrents which was in 4.4.4 ota whereas it doesn't work for min 6 month. QO will stay in L AND we can't remove it because of future OTA updates which will fail (I have tested it for 4.4.3 update

    • Mark Curtis

      Maybe it will be removed upon upgrading to the final version of Android L?

      • nawa

        I thought it's impossible to remove an app via an OTA

        • mgamerz

          If its in /system they can as the ota can clear it out.

        • Pops

          Yes, Google wont remove an app via OTP.. the main reason behind this, user will loose the share_Prefs data..

          So we have oly 2 options,
          1. disable the app
          2. If rooted, delete the app from /system/app

    • Jeez

      If you're a Nexus device user, you should know how to remove it without waiting for Google to do it for you.

  • Blue Sun

    There seems to be no way to uninstall Quick Office right now on Nexus devices.

    • Connor Mason

      Well there's also no way to install Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides right now in L. So I'm OK with that.

      • usaff22

        You can install Slides. Just not Docs or Sheets.

  • Gabriel Seixas

    Maybe they will remove it as stock app on "L" final build.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      They announced that during the keynote

  • Phil Oakley

    Good.

    Hopefully the Quickoffice Chrome Apps (well, they run inside the browser so they're not actually Chrome Apps, but meh) will be turned into full Google Drive apps. The fact Chrome OS doesn't have fully offline Drive Chrome Apps is really, really stupid.

  • vyktorsouza

    off-topic: am I the only one without the gallery app on L?

    • Phil Oakley

      Nope, it was removed. Google+ Photos app is has fully replaced it, but Gallery is still in the stock AOSP code (or will be when L is released to AOSP later this year).

      • vyktorsouza

        that's what I thought, but on the keynote they presented the app totally renewed so I was wondering if that was G+ Photos or Gallery

        • Phil Oakley

          Most of the apps they showed aren't in the L preview, so I guess we'll have to wait and see. We've only seen a tiny, tiny bit of L so far. Most stuff, like that Photos app or the Files browser, or the Music app, they haven't showed off yet - we don't know if they're AOSP versions or Google versions yet. I'm especially interested to see what will happen to Google services like Play Music. I'm assuming every single service is going to get a Material redesign, on the web, Android and Chrome OS, but how that'll actually look and feel is still to be seen.

          • vyktorsouza

            I assumed it was G+ since it isn't updated alongside with every other GAPP on the Google Play, let's wait then

      • Victoria

        Really? Damn, I hate the Photos app and I think gallery was much better, but I guess now i'll have to live with it.

  • podycust

    well thats a step backwards its annoying to have to install 3 different apps where quickoffices does it all!

    • Phil Oakley

      Google Drive is about to get a lot better because I'm assuming the Quickoffice team has joined the Drive team now.

    • Jason

      Splitting the apps does reduce bloat. A person might want to use a word processing app, but have no need for a spreadsheet app or a presentation app.

      Microsoft Office is split into separate apps also. Just imagine how bloated and difficult to maintain it would be if there was a single Microsoft Office app that handled documents, spreadsheets, email, etc.

      • Thoughtful

        Funny enough, on Android there is just Office Mobile which handles the main three document types. Powerpoint, Word, Excel all in one. I don't know how you got email into it.

        • Squiddles

          Outlook is included in Microsoft Office.

          • Jason

            But it's not all in one application. Word and Outlook are two separate programs, and you can choose which Office programs you want to install.

          • Squiddles

            I'm well aware. I was telling Thoughtful how you got email included your hypothetical.

        • Renan Lazarotto

          ... he was talking about Office for PCs...

        • Jason

          I was talking about Office for Windows. I haven't used Office for Android, but I'm quite confident that its functionality doesn't compare to Office for Windows. If Microsoft continues to improve on the Office for Android app and it gets larger and larger, they would likely split it up as well.

    • http://twitter.com/justingoldberg Justin Goldberg

      I am late to this discussion, mainly because I disable all automatic app updates. You can install Docs or Slides without having Drive installed!

  • Zach Owens

    Nice reference to Monty Python's dead parrot sketch...

  • http://blog.zopim.com/ Abhiroop Basu

    Love the Monty Python/Dead Parrot reference!

  • Carlos

    I'm still using the old app before google bought them. Only one I've noticed so far that allows me to sign pdf documents

  • sergey a

    Hmm. Office documents are still handled by quick office on my phone. Of course I have Google docs and Sheets installed. Am I doing it wrong?

    • nxtiak

      Go to Settings, Apps, find Docs, sheets tsp it and go to the bottom and click Clear Defaults.
      Next time you try to open a word or excel file, you will get a choice to open in QuickOffice or docs/sheets

      • sergey a

        Thank you for suggestion. Bit it doesn't work for me. "Clear defaults" button is grayed out for all of these apps.

  • deltatux

    Google Docs needs an offline editor, not everything should depend on the cloud. Sometimes you just can't be on the cloud. I guess that's where other solutions like OfficePro comes in...

    • Derik Taylor

      Well Google Docs now supports offline editing...so...yeah.

      • deltatux

        As in files stored in the device's storage, instead of having it stored on the cloud.

        • Derik Taylor

          Ah...not sure about how exactly that works yet.

        • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

          So save it to your device from Drive.

        • miri

          Coming in the next update, it seems. Sheets already has it.

    • http://twitter.com/justingoldberg Justin Goldberg

      I have installed Google Drive 1.1.4.12 from 2012 on a kitkat phone. It still works and it has an offline feature. The great thing about this version that it uses Google Docs "plain html" view, rather than full-featured ajax editing, so it's very fast to load documents. I believe it's the last version to support it. If you have an older or low end phone, I highly recommend it. You can find it on many of the apk repositories.

  • dart

    When is Google going to realize that not all of us are on-line 100% of the time, and NEED a way to access, read and edit docs off line. I spent good money on Quick office pro both Andriod and IOS.

    • SSDROiD

      New updates to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides have offline capabilities.

      • _artem_

        shits

    • Pops

      I think For the MS files which will be Opened from Device storage doesnt need Internet connection..

      Also the new docs application has Offline editing capabilities for the Gdoc format file

  • someone755

    Wait, didn't Drive have similar functionality once? But they made the features standalone apps that require Drive to use?
    What the heck?

    Also for anyone that's wondering.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0yXqU-w9U0

    • _artem_

      his brain is gone olololo

  • CeluGeek

    Meanwhile those of us using OfficeSuite Pro, Polaris Office or ThinkFree Office remain unaffected by Google's continued push to force users to give them their private documents. Sorry for those who actually paid money for QuickOffice back in the day though.

    • ap3604

      If you actually think that using those non-google apps keeps your documents completely private then I feel sorry for you.

      • mildmanneredjanitor

        You're probably right. Nothing on a Google platform can be considered private or secure.

      • primalxconvoy

        If they are using them and saving them to sd or hardware memory, then why not consider them "private"? This is especially true if they are used on a device that is not connected online, too.

      • dart

        I keep my apps on my device, I don't depend on Google to keep my apps private. I do need my apps to stay in the format that my co-workers can read. .docx

    • primalxconvoy

      You can still use Quick Office Pro (the paid version). It's miles better than Google's stunted version.

  • namesib

    Honestly, until Microsoft release a proper mobile version of Office these various office productivity apps aren't useful for anything other than casual viewers. There are far too many formatting issues/missing functionality when sharing files between MS office and these apps.

  • Renan Lazarotto

    Not gonna miss it at all.

  • Kevin Burton

    Now, Google needs to remove QuickOffice from my Nexus 5.

  • tonylee427

    glad to hear that

  • Zimmerman

    Thank god. I despise having this extra app installed if it's similar to google drive

  • Brian Nazareth

    I'll actually miss Quickoffice, 'cuz it was just ONE apk file. Google Slides, Docs, Sheets, and Drive are like 4 apks - each taking 6 MB or more.
    It's definitely a bad move and I wish they make just one installation file for all of these - much like with Google+ you get the Photos app.

    • Jeez

      24MB worth of apks is enough to make you worried? Maybe it's time you reevaluate either your current smartphone or your current storage usage...

      • Brian Nazareth

        Jeez, I was talking about RAM memory and background processes, jeez. Having all 3 of them running in the background is bad. And FYI, my RAM is 2 GB and it's a quad-core snapdragon S4 Pro. Jeez pls D:

        • DonEmu

          With this method, RAM usage on average would be lower because the individual apps would be less intensive than the all inclusive app.

          All 3 would only be running if you were handling all 3 document types at the same time which then I would understand more RAM being used.

        • Jeez

          They aren't "running" unless they're in the foreground. How can you have a phone with that kind of hardware and be on this site and not understand how Android memory management goes?

          Guess you need to get yourself an S5 or something, obviously you need 3 GB of RAM so that you can run Slides, Docs, and Sheets at the "same" time...

        • http://twitter.com/justingoldberg Justin Goldberg

          That's why I use "disable services", battery guru (for snapdragon), and greenify.

  • C64

    Star trekking across the universe

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Men, not really gonna miss it. I find OfficeSuite and Polaris to be better in terms of functionality and smoothness, QuickOffice is often jerky during scrolling through presentations or word documents, and god forbid a Word document having an image or two - the lag is inevitable

    • primalxconvoy

      Those two apps you mentioned were much worse than Quick Office for me, especially while using both on landscape mode and/or while connected to a monitor with a keyboard and mouse.

  • Charlie

    WPS Office (Kingsoft Office) is a great alternative. It's better than QuickOffice and Drive and it's probably really the app to beat when it comes to document editing apps.

    • primalxconvoy

      Kingsoft office had problems in landscape mode, I think. It displayed fonts way too big or something. I use it as a backup to Quick Office Pro, though.

  • Patruns

    I would think this will not happen until Google adds presentations to Drive. Right now that is the one QuickOffice feature missing.

    • RSerda

      isn't that what Google Slides does... powerpoint..?

  • Besnik Rrustemi

    thanks god no more triple: 1 purpose apps :D,Gallery is gone on android L thats cool,good to know that quickoffice might go that way aswell.

  • Jens Lange

    This was forseeable. Deleted it right after Slides went online. I really hate when vendors don't put their own name in front of their apps. Something like GDocs, GSlides etc, would be good but instead Google calls it Docs and Slides which make them appear under different locations if sorted alphabetically. Don't bother me with folders or alternative launchers, I already use them, the point is that the apps should be better organized by default, without anyone doing anything by the default launcher.

    • rap

      I agree. I never can remember what some things are called. I have the same probelm with Xfinity. They have several apps but instead of finding them under xfinity, they are listed under connect, tv go, etc.

  • primalxconvoy

    Even though it has bugs, Quickoffice Pro (the final version before Google butchered it) is the best office app for Android for me. Offline file saving to any source (sd card, usb drives, etc), cloud saving options, etc. I totally recommend it for anyone in need (just Google search it).

    As for the "new" getting killed; I used it once, realised that it was basically "online only" and uninstalled the wretched little Google Drive advertisement after about a few minutes of use.

    It won't be missed.

  • satuim

    So what will this mean? Will this mean that local/offline word processing is dead?

  • bL4Ck

    That monty python reference never gets old

  • DKT70

    Quick, someone mention Android L.

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  • KingRando

    So now I have to upload my document to Drive before I can edit or view it?

  • Peter Blanco

    Honest to God question, does anyone actually use this?

    I remember there was a promo for extra Google Drive space once so I installed it for that, but aside from that regular ol drive has been sufficient for me.

  • Matthew Fry

    I look forward to them replacing it with a small subset of the features and slowly adding them back to critical acclaim. I appear to be bitter today for some reason.

  • LJ

    What about shitty gallery?