Google releases standalone Docs and Sheets (Word and Excel alternatives) apps for Android and iOS
There’s quite a history with Google’s office suite: the company first launched a unified Google Docs package, then rebranded it to Google Drive, mixing it up with full-on cloud storage functionality, and now, by releasing Docs, Sheets, and Slides, it distances them from Drive, leaving the latter appearing as a cloud file management box, similar to say, Dropbox.
With the new Docs, Sheets, and Slides, Google brings more recognition to its office suiteThe three apps remain heavily integrated with Drive, of course, but graduating into standalone applications they will get more recognition. Simple fact is that not everyone was aware that Drive actually features a full-on office suite, and that could have been a force driving such a decision.
Slightly confusing, though, remains the fact that Google also still has QuickOffice that offers the same functionality as the original Google Docs, but with a focus on Microsoft Office format support and PDF reading.
It seems that Google has already started a process of clearing up that little mess, though, and Docs, Sheets, and Slides are a good start to that. The apps are clean, with nice color accents - blue for Docs, green for sheets, while Slides is not yet released (it should come very shortly). The apps are free to download and use, and you can get them at the links below.
Google Docs and Google Sheets
2. Victor.H (Posts: 408; Member since: 27 May 2011)
It's still available, but I guess changes are coming.
10. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I use quick office for files on my SD card mostly when i don't want to upload them/covert them to Google drive just yet, plus it does presentations really well
3. Reeyawn (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)
Maybe ill stick with Quickoffice. Google should sort these fragmentation that they are doing.
4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2996; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
I love Quickoffice. Btw the names are horrible 'Docs' 'slides' and 'SHEETS'
5. Scott93274 (Posts: 636; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
So I just checked out the desktop Google Sheets. Thus far I'm happy that all the formulas I've tried so far are working just as they would in Excel. That will make transitioning to Sheets that much easier. Also, I was never much of a fan of the MS Office "Ribbon". It'll be a long long time before I'm convinced that Sheets can replace Excel though. Sheets looks as though there may be a significant amount of features lacking that Excel offers... I'm not a fan that a worksheet only has 1,000 rows by default, though you can apparently add more if needed. I'd still have to try Array formulas, linking to other documents, and databases. See if it'll run macros. Also, I have been known to create really complex files with well over 10,000 very complex formulas. Until I'm able to confirm that Sheets can handle my typical work document, I'm just going to have to stick with Excel. But at least now I have something new and exciting to play with.
7. hassoups (Posts: 275; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
as much as i love google, their inconsistency really pisses me off. Quickoffice, Drive, and now these standalone apps can all serve the same purpose. one more redundant service please
8. Scott93274 (Posts: 636; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I would actually like the fragmented software. I personally would never use slides so why would I even want it on my phone, tablet, or PC?
9. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I doonnt get why they added this, its still all on the google docks app
11. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 789; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Goodbye Word for iPad, hello Google Docs and Google Sheets! :D