In early June 2012, Google announced that it had acquired Quickoffice. Fifteen months later on the 19 September 2013, Google and Quickoffice announced that the Android application was to be made available free of charge.
This is very exciting from a productivity perspective.
Google is giving away a fully featured word processor, spreadsheet and presentation editor. You also get a competent PDF reader file, too. This means that as long as you can install and run the application onto your Android device, you will have the ability to edit and create documents on the move. We’ve been able to read documents for some time and other platforms, such as BlackBerry, have had a document editor available for a good while; it’s great to see this on Android.
Furthermore, Quickoffice also has very tight integration with Google Drive, which is Google’s cloud storage facility. Every Google account receives 15 GB of storage, which is split between your email and files. I love the idea of using Google Drive to store my documents and files and putting it behind my Gmail account is a logical step.
I’ve switched from using Documents-to-Go paired up with Dropbox, a solution that I’ve been using successfully for over two years now, across to the Quickoffice / Google Drive partnership. I made the switch overnight on the day of the announcement that Quickoffice was being made available free of charge and I need to write that I have yet to look back.
To use Quickoffice and work with documents in your Google Drive account, the best way is to install the application on your device and sign into your Gmail account. Then, use the Quickoffice file manager to navigate to your document files rather than using the Google Drive application. You can use the Google Drive application but this appears to open the file in read only format so you have to “Save As…” once you’ve made your changes.
This isn’t the place to fully review Quickoffice, but by way of a quick introduction, I’ve found it to be able to handle images and has a couple of useful features including a spell checker. Unfortunately, the application is not as responsive in use as the majority of Android applications. It is not so bad on the HTC One or Nexus 4 but it definitely shows up the 2012 Nexus 7. The biggest performance issue I’ve come across is associated with the file processing delays at the Google server side of things: opening or closing a complicated document is just as slow regardless of the network or device used, which is comforting because it means when Google improve the speed of this server, it’ll improve it across all of my devices.
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