Google acquires QuickOffice to bring native editing apps to Android

Daniel Bader

June 5, 2012 1:09pm

Google announced today that it has purchased mobile document editing company QuickOffice, which makes productivity apps for iOS and Android.

Quickoffice Pro and Pro HD currently sell for around $15 and $21 on Google Play respectively (and are still available to purchase), while Pro sells for $14.99 on the iTunes App Store and is a universal app. The suite allows users to create and edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and Powerpoint presentations with full Office licenses from Microsoft. It also plugs into cloud sharing services such as Box and Sugarsync, features that were very recently added.

Google’s Alan Warren, Engineering Director said in a press release:

We’re happy to announce that we have acquired Quickoffice, a leader in office productivity solutions.

Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device. Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats, and we’ll be working on bringing their powerful technology to our Apps product suite.

Quickoffice has a strong base of users, and we look forward to supporting them while we work on an even more seamless, intuitive and integrated experience.

We’re excited to welcome the Quickoffice team and their users to Google.

It’s not known whether the apps will go free, or be removed from the market, as Google integrates them into their mobile-based Google Docs suite. While Docs has been improved on Ice Cream Sandwich, it is still tethered to the internet and is not a full-featured suite the way QuickOffice is.

Source: Google

  • mick

    damit, i just bought officesuite pro. oh well, i only paid 99c as it was on sale.

  • David

    I like 🙂

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  • kris

    and this is why android stays winning. googles effortless progression

  • Sergei Mutovkin

    What happens to iOS apps? I really hope they will not discontinue them.

  • Pac

    Nuts how MS has completely missed this market with their own product.

  • Patrick

    I use it every day on my iPad. I like the integration with Dropbox. I hope they keep it that way. I don’t realy like Google Drive for now.

  • Mark

    I wonder how MS Office would do on mobile anyways as people would have to pay for 2 licenses, 1 for MAC or PC and then 1 for mobile when there is free alternatives to at least open and view on mobile OS’s, it would be harder for MS to charge a premium for it.

    It came with my HTC Windows 6 device but it might be too late for MS to catch up especially if overpriced. Of course it may be included in Mobile Phone 8 but MS missed getting customers hooked and remaining loyal.

    Google is being proactive while others seem to be stagnant!!

  • shoo

    Great move by google! Quickoffice is def the best office app on the market for android tablets.

  • AWSguy

    QickOffice is garbage. Hopefully google makes it better. I use KingSoft – for its price (free), it works very well.

  • guest

    I hope it doesn’t stay internet-dependent so we can use it out in the Canadian wilderness…