Google Releases Standalone Productivity Apps


Google Releases Standalone Productivity Apps
New apps offer alternative to Google Drive-based solution...

Google has taken the decision to release standalone apps of each of its productivity tools, making editing documents on the go even easier for both iOS and Android users. Although the same functionality is currently available through the company's Google Drive app, this move should make things even more straightforward for users, and it could potentially be seen as a way to go head to head with Microsoft, following its successful launch of Office for iPad last month.

Both Google Docs (for editing Word documents or creating new text documents) and Google Sheets (for spreadsheet editing and creation) are available right now, free of charge, on the Google Play Store for Android devices and the Apple iTunes App Stores for iOS devices. Google Slides (for creating and editing slideshow presentations) will be available at a later date.

If you've already got the Google Drive app installed on your device, there'sprobably not any point in bothering with the download unless you'd like to have a dedicated launch icon for the apps - although if you've got a restrictive data plan, or save your files locally, then the lack of online requirement might make them a sensible backup option.

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