Menu
Google breaks out Docs, Sheets from Drive mobile app

Google breaks out Docs, Sheets from Drive mobile app

A separate mobile app for the Slides presentation tool is also in the works

Google is releasing separate mobile apps for its Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, breaking them out from the Google Drive storage service where they used to reside.

Previously, users who opened a file in the Drive mobile app would work on it in the Drive interface, but now they'll be asked to install the Docs word processing app, Sheets spreadsheet app and, soon, the Slides presentation app. From then on, when they open a file in Drive the corresponding app will launch.

"While the Drive app is a convenient place to store your stuff, we want to make it easier for you to quickly find, edit and create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go," Brian Levee, a Google product manager, wrote in a blog post.

Another motivation might have been the recent release of native Microsoft Office apps for the iPad. Microsoft has distinct mobile apps for OneDrive -- the Google Drive equivalent -- Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Google, by breaking its apps out of Drive, gives them more visibility on devices.

Its new Docs and Sheets apps add full offline support, so users will be able to create and edit files even when they're offline. Previously, users could only view documents and spreadsheets offline with the Drive app.

So where does that leave Drive now that its usage scope has been shrunk?

"You'll still be able to use the Drive app to view and organize all of your documents, spreadsheets, presentations, photos and more," Levee wrote.

Android and iOS apps for Docs and Sheets are available today in the Google Play and Apple App Store, respectively. An app for Slides will be released soon.

Google doesn't plan to replicate this change for the desktop browser version of the apps, where Drive remains the umbrella website for Docs, Sheets, Slides and other tools.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags cloud computingmobileinternetGooglesoftwareapplicationsspreadsheetsSoftware as a serviceOffice suitesWord processors

Featured

Slideshows

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments