Google picks up mobile productivity app developer Quickoffice

Google has acquired Quickoffice, the developer of the popular series of Quickoffice Pro productivity apps for iOS and Android.

Founded in 1997, Quickoffice is a much older player than others in the mobile app space. Over the past three years the company has established itself as the leading developer of mobile productivity and office software, racking up more than 300 million installs on iOS, Android and Symbian devices. The company’s apps, which allow users to view and edit Microsoft Office documents and Adobe PDF files have been regulars at the top of paid and top grossing charts on iOS and Android, despite having relatively hefty price tags — $14.99 for smartphones and $19.99 for tablets.

According to today’s announcement, Google will integrate Quickoffice’s technology into its existing Google Apps products. As Google doesn’t yet have an official Google Drive app on iOS, it’s likely Google will tap the Quickoffice team’s expertise to improve its documents products and take the Google Drive app to more platforms. All About Microsoft rightly points out that the acquisition also bolsters Google’s mobile document products ahead of the release of Microsoft Office 2013, which is widely anticipated to run on iOS and Android.

Although Google typically folds most of its acquisitions into its larger corporate structure, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Quickoffice’s apps remain in both Google Play and the iTunes App Store. The company has a large base of enterprise clients, and the official announcement references supporting Quickoffice’s existing users.

Google did not disclose the terms of the deal, but prior to the acquisition Quickoffice had raised $28.5 million in venture funding. The company hadn’t taken on a round since 2008 when it raised $3 million in Series C from Shea Ventures, Mayfield Fund, Shepherd Ventures and Access Industries.