The Google Drive has been Google’s answer to cloud storage softwares such as Dropbox as well as functioning as an office suite through the in-built Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Now, Google has decided to separate each of them into their own standalone apps, which will be rolling out for Android 4.0 onwards and iOS 7 some time this week with Slides to be released at a later date.
With this unbundling, each new individual app will be used for mainly the creation or editing of your work. Now, creating a new document or spreadsheet on the go will be much more intuitive with a simple tap of an icon. Another great improvement is the addition of offline support, so you can create and edit your work without worrying about internet connectivity. However, there have been no added features to the individual apps that are not already available in the existing Google Drive. There a few minor improvements however, such as the ability to edit locally saved files as well as the Google Slides app being able to view presentations created from the Web version. The Google Drive app will still be retained, though it will now be used to manage and view existing documents as well as to purchase extra cloud storage space. Existing Google Drive users will be prompted to download these new apps when they attempt to edit or create new documents.
The unbundling of multi-functional apps is a common trend these days with social media giants Facebook doing the same with the Messenger app and more recently, the separation of Foursquare into Swarm. The idea behind this is to essentially provide apps with streamlined functionality; they are able to perform one task more efficiently compared to the original which would be able to do the multiple functions with some navigation is required.
So if you happen to get a great idea for a play while hiking in the Alps, or spending the weekend jetskiing, get that play written down and that spreadsheet done in a jiffy, on the go with the new standalone Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.