Google Drive ditches built-in editing feature for standalone apps

Google has updated the Google Drive application for Android and dropped support for the built-in document editing feature in support of standalone apps.

Recently, Google launched a trio of productivity applications which included Docs, Sheets and Slides, for iOS and Android mobile platforms. The applications are set to compete with the recently launched Microsoft Office Mobile and Google is making sure people install these applications by making them mandatory for document editing.

The latest update to Google Drive which is now up at version 1.3, has dropped the ability to edit documents directly from the application. Instead, the users will now be prompted to install one of the qualifying applications out of Docs and Sheets for editing the respective document. Without the necessary application, users will only be able to view their documents in read-only mode.

As noted by Android Police, the view only mode is very basic and lacks some of the formatting such as Word Wrap. Since the Slides application is not yet available, users will have to wait till they can edit presentation files on the go. The latest suite of productivity applications and updated Google Drive support Android versions 4.0 and up. Interested users can grab the APK from source as the update is still being rolled out on the Google Play Store and may not be available.

Source: Android Police | Image via DataCenterDude

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