Google releases standalone Docs and Sheets (Word and Excel alternatives) apps for Android and iOS

Google has released standalone apps for its office suite: Google Docs (Word alternative), Google Sheets (Excel alternative), and Google Slides (PowerPoint alternative) arrive with offline viewing and editing baked in.

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.

The 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.

Download Google Docs | Google Sheets on Android

Download Google Docs | Google Sheets on iOS

source: Google blog



1. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Ok... so what happen to Quickoffice then?

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

It's still available, but I guess changes are coming.

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Maybe ill stick with Quickoffice. Google should sort these fragmentation that they are doing.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I love Quickoffice. Btw the names are horrible 'Docs' 'slides' and 'SHEETS'

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

They're not bad.... just very generic.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I doonnt get why they added this, its still all on the google docks app

11. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Goodbye Word for iPad, hello Google Docs and Google Sheets! :D

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