Google acquires Quickoffice office suite for mobile devices
6 June 2012 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
Google has bought Quickoffice, the maker of a mobile office suite for smartphones and tablets
Google has announced that it has acquired one of the leading makers of office applications for mobile devices. The Quickoffice suite is pre-installed on mobile devices from some of the most popular smartphones sold. HTC, Samsung, Nokia, LG, Sony and Motorola being some of these. The company claims that its apps are installed on over 300 million device to this date. The Quickoffice suite is available for iOS, Android and Symbian devices. In addition to being pre-installed on some phones, the two main products called Quickoffice Pro and Quickoffice Pro HD are among the top-10 paid apps in the Google Play market.
Google said in a statement that it will bring the office technology to its Apps product suite. Quickoffice is a collection of apps for creating, editing and sharing Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
The acquisition of Quickoffice will most likely strengthen Google's Apps for Business service which is a direct competitor to Microsoft Office 365. And it will be interesting to see if some of the Quickoffice products in the future will find its way into the vanilla Android source code.
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