It seems like office suites are a dime a dozen for the
Android platform. Kingsoft Office is still at the top of the heap, but Olive Office Premium does a fine job of reading, editing, and creating Microsoft Office documents. You should definitely give it a try if you’re looking for a mobile office suite that’s tops at dealing with that particular format. Note: Olive Office doesn’t provide open document, text, or rich text format
support (they claim to support rich text, but I was never able to get
it open a single .rtf document). 

Olive Office features:


  • Create, open, and edit Microsoft Word documents
  • Select a text range to edit
  • View images and tables
  • Edit text in tables
  • Zoom in/out
  • Save documents with Save/SaveAs
  • Copy, cut, and paste text
  • File support: .DOC and .DOCX


  • Create, open, and edit Microsoft Excel
  • Edit single cell contents
  • Select multiple cell ranges for
    formatting: bold, italics, underline, font size, and cell background color
  • Navigate between worksheets inside a single spreadsheet
  • Easily change formula inputs and dynamically
  • View images
  • Add and delete one column/row
  • Zoom in/out
  • Save spreadsheets with Save/SaveAs
  • Copy, cut, and paste single cell content
  • File support:.XLS and .XLSX

Olive Office also features cloud support for Google Drive,
Dropbox, and Box. In fact, one of the best aspects of Olive Office is how easy it is
to connect to those cloud drives.

Let’s install and start using Olive Office.


The installation of Olive Office is simple, and the application is free. All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store
  2. Search for “olive office” (no quotes)
  3. Tap the entry for Olive Office Premium (Free)
  4. Tap Install
  5. Tap Accept

Once the application is installed, you’ll find the launcher on the
home screen or in the app Drawer (or both). Open Olive Office and get ready to


When you fire up Olive Office, you’ll be greeted with the
“Recent” screen (Figure A), which displays all documents you’ve worked on recently.

Figure A

Olive Office running on the Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy

From this window, you can create a new document or spreadsheet by
tapping the New Document button. From the resulting screen (Figure B),
you’ll need to select either the Word or Excel tab, and then click a blank
document or select one of the pre-formatted templates.

Figure B

Tap on the two tabs to see the included templates for each.

Once you’ve started a document, everything flows as you would expect. The one step that might throw you for a loop is saving a
document. To do this, you need to tap the blue up arrow button in the bottom
left corner.

Once you tap that button, a new task bar will appear (Figure
). Within this new bar, you can save, format, search, and move through the

Figure C

A document ready to be saved.

Working with the cloud

Olive Office includes support for Google
Drive, Box, and Dropbox, but the only true integration is with Google Drive — and
even that has its caveats. To connect Olive Office to your Google Drive account,
follow these steps:

  1. Go to the main window
  2. Tap the cloud icon in the upper right corner
  3. Tap the plus sign [+] in the upper left corner
  4. Select Google Drive from the available cloud
  5. Enter your credentials for the selected service
  6. Tap OK

Once the cloud account has been connected, it will appear in
the Cloud window. You can then tap that listed account to view the available
documents. Open any of the supported documents and edit. The major caveat to
this is that getting your edited documents back to your Google Drive is not
obvious. Here’s how:

  1. Any Google Drive file you work with is saved in
    the OliveOffice | MyGDocs folder
  2. Open that folder by tapping the folder icon in
    the upper right corner of the main window and navigating to OliveOffice |
  3. Tap the menu button (three horizontal lines)
  4. Tap the Upload button

That should then upload all edited documents back to your
Google Drive account.

Although Olive Office isn’t the perfect mobile office suite,
it does a fine job of working with Microsoft Office documents. If this application can
get a bit smoother with its cloud integration and support for more document
types, it will give KingSoft Office a bit more of a challenge for that top

What office suite application do you use on your mobile device? Share your opinion in the discussion thread below.