Google Makes QuickOffice Free for Everyone
Google today announced that it is stripping the price tag off its QuickOffice productivity application. Anyone with a Google account can download the Android or iOS versions of QuickOffice from their respective app store free of charge. QuickOffice lets people edit Microsoft Office Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files on an iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone, or tablet. Quickoffice is also integrated with Google Drive, so files can be stored online and easily shared with others. In addition to the app, Google account holders who download, install, and sign into QuickOffice on their mobile device by September 26 will have 10GB of space added to their Google Drive for a period of two years.
Cortana for Android Now Works On the Lock Screen
Microsoft today made it possible for Android device owners to access and use Cortana above the lock screen on their smartphones. Microsoft has been testing the feature since earlier this year and is now rolling it out to all users.
Google Releases Docs and Sheets Apps for Android and iOS
Google today made available stand-alone Google Docs and Google Sheets applications for mobile devices running Android and iOS, including smartphones and tablets. Previously, Docs and Sheets were bundled inside the Google Drive application.
Google Eases Drive Functionality for Android
Google today updated its Google Drive application for Android devices with some user-requested features that help the app perform more seamlessly. For example, users who preview files in Drive can open the file directly in their favorite editing program from the preview screen.
Google Duplicating Google+ Photos in Google Drive
Google today said it is giving people more options for organizing their photos and videos online. Moving forward, all the photos and videos users have stored in Google+ will be accessible from Google Drive.
Google to Pull Quickoffice from App Stores
Google recently said it will yank its Quickoffice app from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store in the coming weeks. Google is making the change because it has published stand-alone Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for creating and editing documents within its Google Drive service.