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Collaborative word processor Quip arrives on Android

Built by ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor, Quip helps you create and share documents from your iPhone. And now you can use it on Android too.

Quip's mobile word processor on Android.
Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET

Watch out Google Drive, Android is getting another mobile productivity suite. Quip, the company building "Microsoft Office for mobile," launched its official Android app Thursday.

Quip gained some buzz when it first launched because it was created by Bret Taylor, the former CTO at Facebook and an engineer who helped build Google Maps. The company's goal is to build the service to write, edit, and collaborate on the go, but right now it faces competition from Evernote, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, and Apple iWork.

Quip's word processor does many of the same things Google Docs does, but with a simpler interface and greater emphasis on collaboration. You can create a new document, add images and checklists, and then share it with friends, family, or coworkers. Others can add text, edit, and comment on the document, and any changes they make are recorded in a simple log. In the mobile app, you get notifications when someone contributes.

The company pushed out an iOS app in July 2013, and now there's a free Android app in the Play Store as well. Quip is available in eleven languages.