Just about two years back, Google acquired the Quickoffice productivity suite, which it ultimately made available for free to its Business Apps customers. Late last summer, that same free availability spread to iOS and Android users everywhere. But then word came down last week that Google was shuttering the project (at least, in the form we knew it), and would be instead integrating Quickoffice features into Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Now, as if right on cue, there’s a pretty substantial Docs update headed out that delivers those promised editing tools.
The app’s UI gets a tweak, but the meat of this update lies in those new editing abilities: Docs gets native support for Microsoft Word .docx files, from creation, to editing, to sharing.
There’s also new Android L compatibility (for those of you running the preview), improved spellcheck with dictionary support, and the all-important ability to open files from on-device storage. You may also notice changes to account selection, modified action bar behavior, and a persistent floating new document button.
The update knocks Docs up to version 18.104.22.168 and is headed out now. If you can’t wait for your update to arrive, follow-through the via link below for the APK you can use to manually update.
Update: It’s not just Docs getting new features today; Sheets has a big update of its own on the way in, and it’s much in the same spirit of this Docs update. That means support for MS Excel files, UI improvements, local storage access, and more.