Google releases standalone Docs and Sheets apps for Android, iOS

Google’s productivity suite - Docs, Sheets and Slides - will now be available as standalone mobile apps. Its three key elements have been launched for Android as well as iOS platforms.


Docs and Sheets apps are already available for download, while the Slides app will be launched soon.  iOS users can now download  Google Docs and Google Sheets apps from Apple App store, while Android users can download Docs and Sheets from the Play store.


These apps have been a part of Google Drive, which is already available for mobile platforms. So, we don’t really see the need to turn them into standalone apps. However, it is highly speculated to be apart of Google’s groundwork for a bigger plan.


On the other hand, by breaking the apps into smaller elements, Google allows users to pick only the app they require, instead of the complete suite.  The apps still resemble the Google Drive, but come in different colour schemes.


Earlier this year, Microsoft had launched its Office suite for iPad, which turned out to be a huge hit. Within a few hours of the launch, the apps were on top of the free apps chart on the iPad. Microsoft Word took the first spot, followed by Excel and then Powerpoint. Microsoft have also made its Office apps completely free on iPhone and Android for those with a Home subscription account.

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