Google had released a Docs and Sheets app few days ago which created a room for new discussion about around the simple question why? Google already having Drive and Quickoffice on the Play Store which serve the same purpose of editing documents led to some unanswered questions, one of them being why is Google doing this? Looks like we have got an answer.
Google Drive on May 1, 2014 upgraded to v1.3 which actually removes some functionality. Google has now updated the main Drive app on Android which removes the ability to edit docs within the app. Users can still view the app from the app but editing won’t be possible any longer. Opening any document will prompt them to a screen where they will be asked to choose from view only or edit options.
This may not sound good but actually its better. After the update, first thing that might grab your attention if you use the app is the fancy prompt screen which asks you to choose from the view or the edit mode. For editing users need to have installed the Docs and Sheets app which are solely made for the purpose. Without these applications, there is a view mode inbuilt into drive app which not even has word wrap and displays text as a total mess. The experience remains exactly similar, difference just being that this time a different app loads the document. This not only is better for users but also for the developer because Google now needs to just roll out a new feature rather than rebuilding the whole app again.
There are hints that Google might be releasing a Slides app which looks pretty much possible after the Docs and Sheets app, Drawing is what the predictors call may be on its way.