Feature integration with Google Drive apps prompts removal of QuickOffice
Google has confirmed it will be removing QuickOffice from both Google Play and the App Store. Set to take place in the coming weeks, QuickOffice is being taken down following Google's updates to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides that allowed the apps to work directly with Microsoft Office files without first converting them, among other new additions.
Ruling may set precedent for legal relationship between Apple, developers
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has sided with Apple and mostly invalidated two software activation patents being used in a lawsuit by Achates Reference Publishing, says The Recorder. Achates filed suit against an iOS app developer, QuickOffice, over a year ago; recently it argued that Apple had a "substantive legal relationship" with QuickOffice, and that the two businesses were trying to circumvent rules and time limits for inter partes review defined in the America Invents Act. The PTAB ruling states that Apple didn't wait too long to file for inter partes review, and that QuickOffice's apparent contract to indemnify Apple for third-party patent infringement claims didn't represent legal privity between the two entities.
Users granted 10GB of additional storage when using QuickOffice
Google today has made its acquired QuickOffice suite free for both the iOS and Android platforms. The package allows users to modify Microsoft Office documents on a wide array of mobile devices. The app is integrated with the recently-upgraded Google Drive, with users signing into Google Drive through the QuickOffice app being granted 10GB of extra storage for two years.
iOS update improves Drive functions
Google has brought Quickoffice to the iPhone and Android devices for Apps for Business customers. Quickoffice lets users work with Microsoft Office files; previously, Apps for Business subscribers were limited to using an iPad app. The new releases still require an Apps for Business account, but are otherwise free downloads.
Free Android version of Quickoffice on the way
Google today announced that it would be making the Quickoffice iPad app available for free for all of its Apps for Business customers. The app allows users to open and edit Microsoft Office files stored on their Google Drive cloud accounts. The search company acquired Quickoffice in June of this year, and the free iPad version looks to be a step to strengthening the app ecosystem surrounding its Google Docs platform.
Symbian viewer/editor acquisition could help with Nexus tablets
Google today announced that it has acquired Quickoffice, maker of a number of apps for viewing and editing Office documents. Twin announcements on both companies' blogs confirmed the deal. The acquisition is likely meant to advance Google's ambitions in the office productivity sector, and may play a role in the forthcoming collection of Nexus tablets.
Update brings new formatting options
HP has announced that it has finally brought document editing to the TouchPad via a software update for Quickoffice. The latest version now enables users to create and edit Word and Excel documents, while also bringing performance and multitasking improvements. New capabilities include formatting options for font type, color, size, underlining and italics in Word, along with formatting cells and using functions in Excel.
HP TouchPad doc editing to come only in update
HP's imminent TouchPad won't have proper document editing when it launches next month. The QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite will arrive with the webOS tablet as promised, but an internal presentation has shown it will only support viewing Excel, PowerPoint, and Word documents on launch. The copy of the presentation seen by PreCentral would have at least PowerPoint editing coming only with an update sometime in the summer.