Google has announced new mobile applications that enable offline editing of documents stored on its Google Drive service from Apple or Android smartphones and tablets.
Announcing the move on the official Google blog, the web giant said it wanted to make it easier for users to quickly find, edit and create text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations while on the move.
Users can download the new standalone Docs and Sheets applications for text documents and spreadsheets respectively on both Android and Apple iOS platforms now, with the Slides presentation tool coming soon, Google said.
Writing on the blog, associate product manager for Google Docs Brian LeVee said that the offline support in the apps enables users to easily view, edit and create files without an internet connection. Users will still be able to edit their existing documents via Google Drive, however.
"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 take-off) no problem. You can jot down your idea in the Docs app on your phone, even when you're offline," he said.
Android versions of the apps requires version 4.0 and above of the operating system, while Apple users need to be running iOS 7 or above.
Google Docs supported offline access some time ago, but the firm dropped this feature and merged Docs into Google Drive. Now, the firm is again offering Docs as a standalone tool with offline editing capability.
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