Google has announced that it will be discontinuing the QuickOffice app and removing it from the Play Store as well as Apple’s App Store. The QuickOffice suite lets users view, edit and create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and store them on Google Drive – the company’s cloud storage solution.
Google had first acquired QuickOffice in early 2012, stating that “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“.
Since then, Google went on to make QuickOffice free, removed integration with other services except Google Drive, improved Quickoffice’s interface apart from adding a host of native file-editing features.
However, following announcements of new features for Google Docs, Slides and Sheets at Google I/O 2014, the company has announced that QuickOffice will soon be shutting down. Informs Google,
With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks. Existing users with the app can continue to use it, but no features will be added and new users will not be able to install the app.
QuickOffice was last updated on February 14, 2104 on the Google Play Store, while the iOS client got an update way back on January 6, 2014. We personally feel discontinuing QuickOffice was inevitable as almost all of its functions have now been integrated into Google’s own suite of apps, and it would’ve been pointless to promote redundancy.