Google is buying mobile document editing app QuickOffice, the company announced on its blog today. QuickOffice is used for editing Microsoft Office-compatible files iOS and Android phones and tablets.
Google is likely looking to integrate the capabilities of QuickOffice into its Google Drive platform. While it has a native app for editing Google Docs, it has a limited feature set when compared to QuickOffice or the RIM-owned DocumentsToGo.
In a blog post, the company said, “Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device. 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.”
QuickOffice is pricey in its current form, at $14.99 for a smartphone version and $19.99 for tablets. However, it is a very capable word processor for mobile devices, allowing someone to pair the application with a document syncing service such as Dropbox to do light editing while away from a main computer.
This was the second major acquisition on the week for Google. The company also is purchasing Meebo, an Instant messaging app. After the announcement, the company said the Meebo team would be integrated into improving the social experience with Google+.