By Barry Levine / Mobile Tech Today. Updated June 30, 2014.
With Quickoffice integrated into its Apps, Google has announced it is ending support for Quickoffice as a standalone app. The app will be removed from Google Play and the App Store within the next few weeks.
The announcement, on the Google Apps blog, also notes that existing users of Quickoffice can continue to use it, but the company will not be adding any new features and new users will not be allowed to install the app.
The move is not a surprise. "It's part of the evolution" of acquired applications, Information Technology Intelligence Consulting analyst Laura DiDio told us.
"They bought Quickoffice two years ago," she recalled, noting that Google first made Quickoffice available free to business users and then to all users.
The single Google Drive app had been removed in April from being the doorway on Google Drive for the three Google Apps of Docs, Sheets and Slides for mobile devices.
Accompanying the announcement last week about the demise of Quickoffice, Google also added the ability for mobile users of the three apps to edit Microsoft Office documents natively, which had been a key feature of Quickoffice. Desktop users on Windows and OSX machines need to use the Chrome browser with a new, free extension to add that capability. Users of Chrome OS on the Chromebook immediately have the feature.
In March, Microsoft made available a free version of its Office Mobile for the creation, editing and viewing of documents.
In other news across the huge and growing Googlesphere:
MapR Technologies, which provides a distribution for Apache Hadoop, said Monday it has completed a $100 million financing, for which Google Capital led $80 million in equity financing. Gene Frantz, general partner at Google Capital, noted in a statement that MapR "helps companies around the world deploy Hadoop rapidly and reliably."
In a move that could occur in every venue where intellectual property is presented, the Google Glass headset is being banned from all movie theaters in the UK. The anti-piracy move, not unlike the banning of video cameras from theaters, has been announced by the Cinemas Exhibitors' Association there. The ban is actually in the form of a request, according to the association, in that moviegoers will be "asked" by theater management to remove the headgear.
Over in Google Hangouts, which is becoming a location for businesses to videoconference as well as for consumers to do so, the company said in a post on Friday that users will be able to access Hangouts in the Chrome browser without a plug-in.
The browser will employ WebRTC, and users will need to grant permission for use of their microphone and camera.
WebRTC, a standardized API for browser support of voice calling, video chat and P2P file sharing, is being adopted by Google and Mozilla, maker of the Firefox browser, but Microsoft prefers an alternative called ORTC, or Object Real-time Communications. However, Firefox, even though it supports WebRTC, will not yet be able to access Google Hangouts without a plug-in because it does not support the Native Client foundation that Hangouts employs.