Now that Google owns QuickOffice

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In my years of experience, QuickOffice has been the best documents editing suite available on mobile. It has also been the default built-in suite on Nokia’s Symbian/Belle smartphones till date. Of course, with the advent of iOS and Android, versions for those two platforms have been released too.

As such, Google’s recent acquisition of QuickOffice must have come as a shock to Nokia. A key app in their arsenal now belongs to the competition. I doubt though that this acquisition will give Nokia’s CEO any sleepless night, given his constant sidelining of Belle in the company’s new campaign.

QuickOffice is good and versatile, and Google must have seen the value in owning both the product and the team behind it. Which leads me to asking: Why did Nokia not buy QuickOffice all these years?

One thing is sure: now that QuickOffice belongs to Google, expect some better integration with Google’s services. Sounds like a winner in my books.

17 comments

  1. This is definitely a winner (to use your own words) in the mobile industry…the vast possibilities exist for integration with the Android platform are amazing. Elop was slow on this one that’s for sure.

  2. In my years of experience, QuickOffice has been the best documents editing suite available on mobile. It has also been the default built-in suite on Nokia’s Symbian/Belle smartphones till date

    II tend to prefer Office Suite by MobiSytems.

    RIM owns DocsToGo
    Nokia / Microsoft’s has Microsoft’s Office Apps
    Goggle now owns Quickoffice.

    A frontal assault on MicroSoft’s ‘cloudy’ aspirations…

  3. Actually, Nokia has nothing.

    Remember- ‘owm nothing; control everything,?’

    Microsoft’s software is running FREE on Belle..

  4. Elop actually “eloped” with Nokia’s bright future by murdering symbian,meego,maemo,being confused about Belle and adopting windows
    That transformed Nokia into A stooge to Microsoft.
    In the past month there has been strategic acquisitions,parleys between Top hardware manufacturers and software producers, Samsung,, even google, Nokia should wake up

  5. Having used both Documents To Go and QuickOffice over the years, I’m more impressed with the latter on Android than on Symbian.

    I’ll keep watching this space to see what the next step will be. QuickOffice by default on Android devices perhaps?

  6. I wonder why OfficeSuite has not attracted any suitor yet – seeing that it is probably betyer than QuickOffice on Symbian as well.

  7. I’ve used some other very good office applications Kingsoft Office, Smart Office, ThinkFree Office and OfficeSuite on Android and I think OfficeSuite is the best of the four. I have not used QuickOffice though and if QuickOffice is better than the lot and then comes free on Android, then that can only be good news for Android and consumers because the others would have to innovate really hard to get a look-in from consumers.

  8. @belushi:

    how come no one has mentioned Polaris?

    I’ve used Polaris Viewer too, but I don’t think it is available in the Google Play Store. I’ve seen it mainly bundled with some LG and Samsung products. The viewer looks neat and it is fast too. I don’t seem to be able to find it in the Google Play Store.

  9. Kingsoft is definitely a winner. Made it my default document app on Android.
    Is it just me or does BB’s DocstoGo look like something out of the Flintstone’s era. I almost neva use it cos its just plain UGLY

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