Google releases Google Docs and Google Sheets iOS apps

Apple offers Pages, Numbers, and Keynotes, counterparts to Microsoft’s recently released Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. As you might expect, Google has now joined the fray with their Google Docs and Google Sheets iOS apps.

From a comment on Google’s official blog:

This whole thing is rather odd. First Google made Docs and Sheets part of Drive. Now it’s breaking them back out into their own standalone apps. Except that they’re still part of Drive as well.

I agree. An odd branding move. Google’s version of Keynote and PowerPoint, Slides, is said to be on its way to iOS soon. [Via 9to5Mac]

  • Anyone else get the vibe that Google’s in the early stages of “desperate” mode?

    • Nope. Google is doing what Google has always done — try many variations of things to see what will be the most popular. The downside of that is if they determine it isn’t popular enough (i.e. Reader, et. al.), they will simply end it one day, and probably sooner than Microsoft or Apple or others will. Too many companies tend to let the rotten fruit hang on the tree for far too long…

      • Daniel Yount

        I agree. Not desperate, just Google. This trend of splitting up major apps into more byte sized apps (pun intended) is actually really beneficial to someone like me. To me an app like Facebook tries to do everything averagely, but Paper lets me do just a couple thinks very well. I’m definitely in favor of this trend.

      • Of course. I didn’t say Google is desperate…yet, and Google should be praised for actively culling stagnant projects. I’m referring to Google’s high-level trend:

        Google’s current ad revenue problem:

        Google services in China.

        The reasons behind Google’s move to leverage more control over Android.

        Losses – and lost ground in hardware – related to the Motorola purchase and subsequent sale.

        A seemingly failed Google+, as outlined in “Google+ is Walking Dead”:

        • Yeah, Techcrunch has been on a G+ hate roll for a while, and many of their articles are by people who have a G+ profile very empty of evidence of use. I don’t think they realize G+ works differently from Facebook. It requires a bit more engagement in order to see results.

  • Thomas Verschoren

    It’s not strange per se. It’s all about discoverability and visibility. Now they have 3 (soon 4) apps promoting their online documents editors, instead of one app.