Google already has an official Drive app on both iOS and Android with access to document editing, but now the company is going a step further. New apps for Docs and Sheets are now on both platforms, with a dedicated app for Slides coming soon.
This basically breaks out the functionality from the Drive app into multiple individual apps. This might make it a little faster to find what you’re looking for, especially if you use Google drive for file storage. If you need a text document, open the Docs app. Need to fiddle with some numbers? Hit up the Sheets app. Once the Slides app is out, that’s where you’ll go for presentations
The big improvement here is that these apps support offline mode for document editing and creation. The current Drive up does a spit take when you lose connectivity, thus limiting its usefulness. These apps will simply keep all your data and changes stored locally and synced to Google’s servers the next time you are online.
There’s nothing groundbreaking about the design or layout, though the colors and design of the navigation bar conforms a bit more closely to Google’s newer apps. The Docs and Sheets apps are free to download right now, but you’ll also be prompted to get them in a few days when opening a document in the Drive app.