Quickoffice: free for TouchPad, paid for smartphones, still not available | webOS Nation

Quickoffice: free for TouchPad, paid for smartphones, still not available

by Derek Kessler Sat, 30 Jul 2011 3:39 pm EDT

Whether you have a Palm Pre or HP TouchPad, there’s still something pretty major missing from your device: document editing. While you can go ahead and use Google Docs through the web browser, we all know that’s not an ideal solution and it just doesn’t work as well as we’d like. We want – nay, we need a native app. We were promised that in the form of Quickoffice, which debuted as a Word and Excel viewer bundled with webOS 2.0 back in October 2010. A tablet-sized version was packaged with webOS 3.0 on the TouchPad, but we’re still waiting on a document-editing version of the app for both screen sizes.

We’re still no closer to knowing when exactly that version will come, but thanks to an updated Quickoffice webpage, we can at least offer you some details on how it will be made available. Both the smartphone and tablet versions will be made available via the App Catalog, which will allow Quickoffice to distribute the app independent of any webOS updates. The tablet app will be made free-of-charge to TouchPad owners, while webOS smartphone owners (running 2.0 or higher, naturally) will have to fork over their hard-earned cash for the privilege of editing Word and Excel files.

And that’s all we’ve got. No clue on how much it will cost for the smartphones, or when it will land for any webOS device. Quickoffice has put up a sign-up page for notifications, along with the promise of a discount for smartphone users if you sign up. Document editing for webOS can’t get here soon enough.

Source: Quickoffice; Thanks to Furuboru for the tip!