While users could edit documents and spreadsheets through Google Drive before, Google is now carving that functionality out and splitting it into two separate apps: Docs and Sheets.
Drive is still used to store, view, and organize your files, but Docs and Sheets will do the editing and have improved offline support so that you can create documents and spreadsheets without an Internet connection, and they will simply sync up the next time you get a connection. Google says that the a Slides app is coming soon.
Upon opening the app, you’ll see a list of your most recently edited documents, which Google hopes will cut down on the time it takes you to scroll through your files to find what you were last working on. There’s no word yet on how Google Docs and Sheets will get along with QuickOffice, Google’s other document and spreadsheet editing app.
You can download these news apps on Google Play (Docs, Sheets) or the Apple App Store (Docs, Sheets).
Just getting started with Google Drive? You may want to check out our article on how to use Google Drive to capture your great ideas and never lose them.
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 Blog
What do you think of this change? Is it necessary to split up these functionalities, or should Google have left it alone? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Google Blog via Mashable