Google unveils standalone Docs and Sheets apps

Google Docs users now able to work offline on their smart devices

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Google unveils standalone Docs and Sheets apps With the standalone Docs and Sheets apps, users can create and edit documents offline.
By  Tom Paye Published  May 1, 2014

Google has released standalone smart device apps designed to allow people to work on word documents and spreadsheets.

Users could already edit spreadsheets and documents within the Google Drive app, available on the Google Play store and the Apple App Store. However, to work on documents within Google Drive, users have to be connected to the Internet.

With the standalone Docs and Sheets apps, however, users do not need to be connected to the Internet, and can make edit documents offline.

"Now, if you have a brilliant idea for a best-selling novel while traipsing through the Amazonian rainforest (or you know, something more probable, like during flight takeoff)...no problem. You can jot down your idea in the Docs app on your phone, even when you're offline," Google said on its official blog.

Users will be prompted to download the new apps when they edit or create a document or spreadsheet in the Drive app. The new apps are available both on Android and iOS. The Drive app can still be used to view and organise documents, Google said.

Google added that a standalone app called Slides will also soon be available. That app will be focused on editing presentations.

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