Google unveiled three standalone iOS apps today that previously were features on Google Drive. The separate iOS app are Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Docs and Sheets are already available in the App Store and iTunes while Slides will be coming soon.
"Every year, phones and tablets get better, and more of you are starting to use your mobile devices not just to view, but also to create and edit content," said Brian Levee, Google Product Manager in an official blog post. "And 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.
The biggest feature all three app will include that Google touted was the ability to create and edit documents while 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," Levee continued. "You can jot down your idea in the Docs app on your phone, even when you’re offline."
Google Docs, which can be downloaded for free here, allows you to create and edit documents on or offline. Users can open documents created on other devices and documents created on the app can be opened on desktop computers and other devices. When you open the app, you’ll see the most recently edited files, which Google says means less time searching and scrolling.
Google Sheets is a standalone app that creates spreadsheets. It works from an iPod, iPad or iPhone with the free Google Sheets app. The app also saves your work as you are typing. The app and saving function do not require an Internet connection. Sheet document features include format cells; enter/sort data and other various sheet operations.
Google Slides is simply coming soon. the desk opt/drive version lets users make slides with various presentation themes and thousands of fonts. Google Slides also features an embedded video feature along with animations. The service is free, as well.
Levee said should you still want to use Google Drive for the same functions you'll be able to but "over the next few days you'll be prompted to download the apps when you go to edit or create a document or spreadsheet in your Drive app."