In what seems like a trend, major technology companies are scurrying to release standalone offline document editing apps. Close on the heels of Microsoft releasing Office for iPad, Google announced on Wednesday that the company is launching new offline document editing apps - Docs, Sheets and Slides - for both the Android and iOS platforms.
These apps will work independently of the Google Drive app which is already available on both Android and iOS. In a blog, Google states that on opening the new apps users will see the most recently edited relevant Google Drive files for offline editing, which means they spend less time on searching and scrolling the main app.
While Google Drive also allows users to create and edit documents, one cannot do it offline. These new apps allow offline editing on-the-go without an Internet connection. Google mentions in the blog that users who are already using Drive will be prompted to download the new apps when they go to edit or create a document or spreadsheet in the app. Users will still be able to use the Drive app to view and organise all the documents.