1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    The internet search giant Google, recently announced a trio of new native mobile applications on Apple’s App Store that will allow iOS users to edit and create Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides from their mobile device. In addition to creating new documents and editing existing ones, users will also be able to employ the suite’s popular collaborative editing features. Google also enabled local caching for offline editing and changes are automatically saved as users type.

    Until now, the Drive app was the only first-party native solution for accessing Google Docs on smartphones or tablets. Google says the new apps are a response to a growing trend that has seen users turn to those devices more often, which has sparked a desire for more robust options. According to Google product manager, Brian LeVee:

    Every year, phones and tablets get better, and more of you are starting to use your mobile devices not just to view, but also to create and edit content. And 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.
    The apps’ development may have also been spurred by Microsoft’s decision to bring its Office 365 suite to the iPad, leaving Google’s offerings in third place behind Apple’s iWork suite and Office. Though Office was only recently released, whispers of Microsoft’s imminent entry began to appear last fall.

    Both Docs and Sheets are available now on the App Store as free universal downloads, with Docs clocking in at 19.9 megabytes and Sheets a heftier 41.7 megabytes. The Slides app is said to be “coming soon” as of right now.

    Source: Google (blog), iTunes (Docs) (Sheets)

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2014-05-01 05:12 AM
  2. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
    Downloading both and can't wait for 3. Google Docs has taken over most of my working locations. I can't even stand to use Microsoft Office anymore and I have certification for half of their programs. And apple's work suite is garbage so I'm not gonna use that ever. Google Docs appears to be master race. Lol.
    2014-05-01 01:06 PM
  3. HovikGas's Avatar
    So do they have enhanced functionality over the Google Drive app? If not, I don't see the point... The Google Drive app lets you edit everything in one app!
    2014-05-01 09:29 PM