Yesterday I commented on the imminent arrival of Office 2013 for Android. It is certainly great news, and we expect Microsoft to do something really interesting, and introduce something new in the world of Android document editors. The current problem in the office suites for Android, and I do not think of Microsoft as an exception, is the high cost of which allow you to edit documents. The price usually exceed 10 euros.
If the price of office suites for Android seems abusive, or will not pay a penny for something that you use on rare occasions, there are free alternatives on Google Play. Today I will do a review of the free office suites Kingsoft Office (free) and Olive Office Premium. Both run on Tablet and mobile.
KINGSOFT OFFICE (FREE)
As its name suggests, and otherwise would lack sense to talk about it in this article, this office suite is free with editing function. They say that it is compatible with 23 different types of files from wich we can find DOC / DOCX / TXT / XLS / XLSX / PPT / PPTX / PDF.
A very important feature is support for Cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Box.net, and other services based on the WebDAV protocol.
No doubt that is a very valid, useful and functional alternative to applications for payment of this type. Here’s a video to see how it works:
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OLIVE OFFICE PREMIUM
This application indicates that it supports doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx for reading and writing. Also will support only for reading pdf documents. In this case, the list of supported formats is well below than the Kingsoft, but more than enough for the types of files that we use.
This application also allows accessing and editing files that are hosted on Google Drive, Dropbox and Box.
Here’s a video to see how it works:
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Both applications are very interesting and very good alternatives to payment options like Documents to Go Pro and Quickoffice Pro. At the same time are free alternatives for those who do not have to resort to other less reliable sources to have an application with these possibilities. My recommendation is always to try both and decide which best suits your tastes and needs.
Which do you prefer? Give us your opinion.