Google stunned everybody yesterday by releasing two stand-alone productiveness apps for iOS. Google Docs and Google Sheets each run on the iPhone and iPad, in addition to Android, and allows customers to view and edit their Google paperwork and spreadsheets within the respective apps on these units.
The transfer comes a number of weeks after Microsoft released stand-alone Office apps, one other transfer that stunned many, for iPad. Many had suspected Microsoft would simply bundle all its Workplace apps into one tremendous-app, as an alternative of releasing stand-alone variations of Phrase, Excel, and PowerPoint. Nevertheless, the stand-alone apps appear to have been the appropriate option to go together with the Workplace for iPad apps shortly rising to the highest of the App Retailer charts and staying there.
The velocity of which Google has launched these two new stand-alone productiveness apps, splitting them off from the official Google Drive app, is in little question a direct response to Microsoft’s strategy to productiveness on the iPad (and Apple’s earlier than that because it has all the time bought the iWork apps as stand-alone apps).
As our telephones and – maybe extra so – our tablets are more and more turning into true productiveness instruments, the battle of the Workplace suites appear to be heating up as soon as once more. Let’s check out the 2 new Google productiveness apps and discover what it means to present Drive customers.
All About The New Apps
The good information concerning the new Google productiveness apps is that each are free. Each Google Docs and Google Sheets may be downloaded proper now from the App Retailer and Google Play retailer with out costing you a penny. Google additionally has promised that Google Slides can be coming to each iOS and Android as a stand-alone app “quickly.”
So, what are the brand new stand-alone apps like? Unsurprisingly they feel and appear just about as they did beneath Google Drive. With the Docs and Sheets apps customers will discover they've fast entry to all of the paperwork and spreadsheets they’ve created in Google Docs on the internet – simply log in to every app with their Google ID.
Paperwork are introduced in Listing or Thumbnail view relying on what the consumer selects. Tapping on any doc instantly opens it for modifying. However in contrast to the powerhouse options of iWork or Workplace for iPad, Google’s Docs and Sheets apps supply rather more primary options. There’s no means so as to add photographs to paperwork and there are not any pre-constructed templates customers can begin creating paperwork from. There are additionally fewer choices to customise textual content past your primary font formatting. One other large disadvantage is that in a Sheets doc there isn't any formulation keyboard or quantity pad out there. You’re caught with iOS’s normal keyboard. This makes knowledge entry cumbersome.
However what Google Docs and Sheets loses out on in performance it greater than makes up for in collaboration. Paperwork in Google Docs and Sheets could be learn and edited concurrently by two or extra customers. That is precisely how Google Docs works on the internet and, fairly frankly, it’s superior to have it right here too. One other good function is the power so as to add feedback in any doc. Once more, that is big for collaboration.
One new function of the stand-alone apps, versus the Google Drive app that they're cut up from, is that now customers can edit information they’ve saved regionally. Beforehand these native information have been view-solely. Additionally, when Google releases the Slides app, that app ought to have the power to create new tasks and edit present ones – one thing you couldn’t do with Slides in Google Drive.
What It Means For Drive Customers And The Future Of Google Productiveness Apps
With the discharge of Docs and Sheets, Google is actually relegating the Google Drive app to Dropbox standing. That's, you’ll quickly solely be capable of view Google Docs and Sheets within the Drive app as an alternative of modifying them as you presently do. Google will probably be eradicating this modifying performance within the close to future and can immediate all Drive customers to obtain the brand new apps once they do. When Drive turns into view-solely, tapping the edit button on a doc in Drive will kick the consumer to the respective Google Docs or Sheets (or Slides) app.
I truly assume this can be a sensible transfer on Google’s half as nobody thinks of workplace productiveness once they hear “Google Drive.” Matter of reality, I think many informal Drive customers by no means knew they might edit Google Docs within the app. The “Drive” in Google Drive makes individuals assume it’s just for cloud storage – correctly.
In the long run eradicating the modifying capabilities from Drive will permit Google to place it extra as a Dropbox competitor and permit the corporate to make large enhancements to the app’s cloud storage options. Likewise, having the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps as stand-alone apps will increase their standing as true productiveness apps and permit Google to extra shortly roll out new updates and options to the productiveness suite, permitting it to catch as much as Workplace for iPad and iWork on the iPad.