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We knew big changes were coming to Google's office suite with the announcement that QuickOffice was shutting down, but we didn't expect it this fast. Not only does today's Docs update fix that Android L incompatibility, it adds a ton of new features. Hold on to your butts.

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What’s New

  • Fewer persistent icons in action bar
  • Floating new document button
  • Adds dictionary permissions for better spellcheck and corrections (also can add words to dictionary more easily)
  • New account selection drop-down style
  • Create and edit Word docs
  • New details page
  • File list differentiates between Word and Docs files
  • New editing UI
  • Open files from device storage
  • Send files as PDF or Word

It's a pretty tiny version number bump for adding so many new features – just 1.3.144.18 to 1.3.251.9. The entire editing interface had been overhauled with new features and the ability to create and edit Microsoft .docx files. This is the merging of QuickOffice with Google Drive we've been waiting for. There are a few UI tweaks, but the new editing features are the big news. There are a few more screens of the old UI down below.

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Old behavior on the right

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Old look on the right

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It's not quite a Material Design app yet, but the floating new doc button at the bottom is a step in that direction. The app already had a blue action bar, but a few more functions have been moved into the menus so there are fewer buttons hanging out at the top. The account selector has also been tweaked. You'll be able to check it out for yourself even if you're on Android L – the bug that kept Docs from installing on the L preview has been fixed.

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More old screens

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.editors.docs-1.3.251.9.apk.

Version: 1.3.251.9 (Android 4.0+).

MD5: 05ea9eb8879528592ea08e7dc2235dfb.

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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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  • asdf

    Sheets received the same update. They released these updates last week with slides.

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

      We're working on that next.

      The updates must be super slow rolling, because pretty much nobody has received them yet.

      • asdf

        I just received the search update today... I still have no Google now everywhere... Why are the roll outs super slow?

        • asdf

          Also... were is the android wear app? I hope Google ships my watch soon. (Before the 3rd because of the long weekend :-/)

        • Paul_Werner

          This

          • asdf

            Do you have the Okay google everywhere yet?

          • Paul_Werner

            No still waiting for it too and wondering just like you why it's taking so long even though it's staged. Just being impatient is all, haha

      • Logan Graham

        Looks like I have the update - if you guys were needing it?

        https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5686291/Screenshot_2014-07-01-14-11-27.png

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

          Thanks, but we got it.

  • GeeKLoRD

    Still no translucent Status bar!
    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

    • Gabriel Seixas

      Guess Google will kill translucent Status Bar in L, I don't know if this will carry over to KK.

      • vyktorsouza

        probably yes, KK supports it

      • Ambroos

        It won't be killed. Google Maps even has it in all the L screenshots. It just won't have a fade anymore.

        • Gabriel Seixas

          Nope, the fade (black to transparent) we have on Kit Kat isn't present on L. There's a trick to increase pixels on the action bar, this is the trick used on L (also in Kit Kat but there's that fade). Kit Kat doesn't have the fade, it's like there isn't any status bar.

          • Gabriel Seixas

            This is what I'm trying to say, I'm made this so you can understand.

    • Not again!

      ┬──┬ ノ(°—°ノ)

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    • vyktorsouza

      no translucency anymore in L, only sem-transparent, and this UI is still holo afaik so we should expect another big update in the coming months

      • senor_heisenberg

        There's still some Holo design elements in Material. While Material is a design overhaul, you can still tell it evolved from Holo.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          There are even still some Holo menus and screens in L preview

          • DSONG

            Thats because the preview is a preview. It's not done. When material is released, there might still be some holo elements, but for the most part, it will be redesigned.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Uh, semitransparent? Have you seen the new Gmail app they showed during I/O? It still had a translucent statusbar, just of a bit darker shade than the action bar

        • Gabriel Seixas

          There's no translucency anymoreeeeeeeee. Looks like I'll be using this imagem for a while.

          http://i.imgur.com/Xh0xuIz.jpg

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Settings app never had translucency. Unlike the L version of Gmail

            http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bq_T03xCYAEYRbO.jpg

          • Gabriel Seixas

            Bro, what I'm trying to say is that Android L's status bar is completely, YES, completely transparent. There's no fade (black to transparent). You can say that there are just icons on the status bar. You can see that on my image, there's no fade on the status bar, neither on nav bar.
            To get that effect on the new Gmail app there's a trick to extended the action bar's pixels. So that is not a "painted statur bar" or a "translucent status bar", it's just the action bar.

          • vyktorsouza

            are y'all stupid or what?
            transparent =/= translucent
            and we're talking about statusbar, not anything else

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            How is it transparent when there's nothing going behind the statusbar? If it was transparent - you'd see your wallpaper there, but instead it uses the same color as the action bar

          • Gabriel Seixas

            IT DOESN'T USE THE SAME COLOR AS THE ACTION BAR!! THAT **IS** THE ACTION BAR WHICH IS UNDER A TRANSPARENT STATUS BAR. JESSSSUS.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            so you mean to tell me that the statusbar and the action bar are one being now

          • miri

            Not quite. The [transparent] status bar is overlaying the colored toolbar (formerly known as action bar).

          • Guest

            WOAH, YOU UNDERSTOOD.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            jeez, calm your tits. Going mad over a feature, you're acting like a maniac

          • Gabriel Seixas

            Maybe. heh

        • vyktorsouza

          yes, I have, and that's not translucent, that's transparent, do you need a dictionary?

      • XerBlade

        Semi-transparent is the definition of translucent, you know.

        Rather, to give it a precise description, KitKat is gradient transparency. L is full translucency.

        Me and my random physics education....

    • TheDon

      Google will probably add it later, if not its a simple style change. Just add the item below to the /values-v21/style.xml
      @color/primary_dark

      Obviously "primary_dark" should be defined in the colour.xml in the /values directory

  • yes yes yes

    yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

  • Thomas

    Hehe butts

  • Brendan

    I still don't understand why they can't keep this merged with the drive app. I've still got the pre-split drive app right now, and it works just fine!

    • ocdtrekkie

      Because it doesn't make sense for a storage app to have editing apps inside it.

    • Leif Sikorski

      I guess many casual users just wouldn't expect such a functionality in an app called "drive". For people who don't edit files on their device it might also be nice that the size of the drive app stays smaller.

    • miri

      It's much easier to maintain separate apps, users can download only what they want, they can multitask between Drive and Docs/Sheets/Slides, most people don't think to go to a storage app to get to their document editors and Docs/Sheets/Slides are separate apps on the web as well.

    • Guilherme Caneschi

      I understand why they split it up but I dont think separate apps was really necessary, Quickoffice was lighter than Docs, Slides and Sheets and it had all of 3... Google is a mess sometimes.

  • Austin Tompkins
    • kgptzac

      But why...? Does the use of this app potentially cause rear side penetration or something?

  • muhkuh

    I just don't get while there is no Open Office (odt etc.) integration...

  • Derik Taylor

    Yeah I had this update (as well as for sheets) since sometime last week. I wonder why the release seems to be somewhat slow for this.

    • Paul_Werner

      Same here

  • someone755

    Is Artem the only AP staff member that doesn't give a fuck if the entire globe knows his email address?

    • Flint_PS

      SOON BACKANSWER!

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

      Yes.

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

      If you'd seen the stuff Artem voluntarily lets into his email, a few spammers wouldn't scare you either.

      • someone755

        What is that stuff?
        (Besides the "SOON BACKANSWER" mail?)

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      I bet he's all like "Fuck it, I'm an Archon". Power overwhelming and stuff

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

        *"Fuck it, inbox overflowing."

  • nebula

    I bet there is a way to activate the material design for this app in android L. Because Google blocked apps in the play store with material design activated until the final release. So they probably just deactivated it.

  • pyroguysf

    You say "ability to create and edit Microsoft .docx files" - are we talking just .docx or .doc as well?

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I wouldn't be surprised if it's just .docx. They're a more modern standard based off of XML. Smaller and easier to work with.

  • muhkuh

    No Open Document Support is a real shame.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    It's kinda werid seeing the article name when the app itself came out not that long time ago... On my memory it got 3-4 updates and those were pretty small ones

  • lambda.core

    hope they don't kill quickoffice without adding pdf support first...

    • XerBlade

      They've already officially killed Quickoffice, so good luck with that one.

      Doesn't mean you can't still use it.

  • mgamerz

    Material. Plus the navigation drawer. Was this so hard google?

  • lanoormohamed

    seems like I never get these update on time they usually show up a week later. anyone know why?

    • Dan Gerbe

      Google does staged rollouts mostly to fix bugs before they reach everyone.

      It also helps with server load, but I'm not sure if that is problem for Google.

      • lanoormohamed

        Cheers guys.

      • XerBlade

        That is a problem for Google. Just saying.

    • Tarun Pemmaraju
    • Ryan O’Neill

      This time, I've actually had the update since last night. I'm guessing Google starts it off with a few users and then it gets more widespread as time goes on. That way they can catch any massive problems before releasing it to everyone.

  • Xajel

    Sadly still no support for RTL documents 😢

  • Влатко Стојанов

    Wait a minute. Supports sending as PDF, but no PDF reading? Google, why are you doing this? -_-
    Office app without PDF reading support. Meh. -_-

  • matteventu

    I'm sorry with everyone for my bad english, but I HAVE to say this.

    Notice
    a thing: if you're not connected to the internet and you create from
    the Sheet app a new sheet, and then you go back (with the back key on
    your phone or with the button in upper left in the app), the table is
    automatically saved on the device (since the phone is not connected to
    the internet), but YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE (since it is not in Drive cloud,
    and not into a folder choosen by you in the local storage).
    And, above all, you can't delete it.

    WHILE YOU'RE OFFLINE, YOU CAN'T DELETE A FILE.

    This is a thing I cannot accept.

    And
    if I create something (slideshow, doc, sheet...) in Drive format (ths
    is not valid if you create the file in MS Office format), there isn't a
    "Save" option to choose where to save the file, and how to call it!
    You
    have to come back to the home of the app, rename the file, press "Info"
    and then "Move" to select the folder/directory where you want to put
    the file.

    And about the management of the cache/offline files? A TOTAL SHlT.
    If
    you upload from the PC an Excel sheet and then you open it on the
    smartphone from Drive or directly from Sheet, it downloads the file and
    than opens it.
    Then you close the file, you go in the "On device"
    section (from the navigation drawer)... and the file isn't here! But in
    fact the file is saved locally on your device (you just have not checked
    the "keep on device" option relatively to that file, but IT IS ON THE
    DEVICE LOCAL STORAGE).

    Another: if you're offline and from Google
    Drive app you try to open a doc, sheet, pdf... not saved on your
    device, it says you that you don't have internet connection so it can't
    download and open the file. But if you try to open a picture, Drive will
    open the black preview with the circle that is "loading" FOREVER. Can
    an app be so stupid to don't tell you that offline is impossible to
    download the file, like it does with other files??)

    Sorry for this outburst (and for the english), but things done so badly from one of the biggest company on the Earth makes me really p!ssed.

    • Matthew Bohr

      Can
      you not type enter after the beginning of every paragraph?

      • matteventu

        Sorry, I used to be a blogger (in italian, of course lol) and so I'm used to write so xD

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      hai scritto 'n poema...

      anyway. i prefer using quickoffice than those apps. i think quickoffice is really good cause it gives you the possibility to save files in local without problems. i don't use so much cloud. also because of the network speed here. you know that.

      • matteventu

        I wrote that poem in HDblog too, you can comment in Italian there xD

      • primalxconvoy

        You mean quick office pro (the version before Google ruined it)? I use that, too. Great app. You can still sideload it and it's the best office app for android, imo (including the bugs...)

    • primalxconvoy

      No problem. I refuse to use Google's offering due to their arrogant insistence on using cloud storage. When they realise that this is wrong and just let users choose where to save their files whenever they wish, then I'll have a look.

      You just saved me my bandwidth and time so that I don't need to check this "update"!

      Cheers!

  • Danny Holyoake

    Can I let go of my butt yet?

  • tokuiten

    Ugly action bar is ugly.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    I'll stick to Office for Android, thanks.

  • http://www.realpics.net Jerfer

    I'm getting this when I try to install Docs or Sheets:

    "Unknown error code during application install: -112"

    • TheDon

      Your device hasn't received the new version yet. The new version fixes the "-112" error. I just installed the one above.

  • hmmmm

    You want me to grab my ass cheeks? OK.

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