Google separates its Docs and Sheets apps from Google Drive’s iOS and Android apps, while the Slides app will be launched separately soon for both the platforms.
Earlier, All these apps were residing inside Google Drive storage service and users were allowed to open a file inside Drive mobile app to edit and share it. Now onwards, users will have to install dedicated apps for their word documents, spreadsheets and soon, presentation files too. Once installed, the corresponding app will open upon opening the type of file.
Recently, Microsoft also introduced similar changes in its OneDrive app for iOS devices, where users can open files from their storage on other apps such as Office for mobile app to edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Now that Google also distinct its mobile apps from its core app, will get more visibility on devices. That means, you could also open files from OneDrive app using Google’s separate apps!
The most helpful feature the user will be getting from these separate apps is the ability to create and edit files even when your smartphone/tablet is not connected to the Internet. Earlier, users had only “view” support in offline mode with the Drive app.
Brian Levee, product manager at Google wrote in a blog post:
“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. You’ll still be able to use the Google Drive app to view and organize all of your documents, spreadsheets, presentations, photos and more.”
So, Google provides the ability to view and organize files within the Drive app, that could help the app to retain some active users, else the app would have been lost its usage scope. Meanwhile, the desktop browser version of the Google Drive still remains the umbrella website for all of its apps and tools built-within.