Google Drive Gains New Features via Update

Google Drive Gains New Features via Update

Aug 26, 2016

As Google’s all-encompassing take on cloud storage and document management, Drive does receive a lot of attention; now, via update, it is adding a host of new features, including the ability to toggle comment notifications and upgrade opportunities.

It also marks the last official update for folks that still use Android ICS.

The app’s Google Play page has the full change log:

WHAT’S NEW

* Easily upgrade your storage plan in-app
* Add homescreen shortcuts to your favorite files
* Receive comment notifications
* Performance improvements and bug fixes
This is the last supported release of Drive for Android on all Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) devices. Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) users will receive no further updates to Drive on Android.

Drive remains free (with new-ish) in-app upgrade opportunities on Google Play.

Google Drive Gets Better Compatibility with Evernote

Google Drive Gets Better Compatibility with Evernote

May 12, 2016

Google Drive is becoming a better tool with better tie-ins to note-taking utility Evernote.

Excerpts from the blog posts detailing the improvements:

Instead of pasting links to files, Drive content added to Evernote will now include thumbnail previews and a rich viewing experience. You can also search Drive from Evernote and any changes to files in Drive will sync automatically with your notes. There’s even a handy icon in the Evernote toolbar to jump right into your Drive.

Evernote product chief Erik Wrobel talks up the enhanced integration. “Evernote is where people capture and nurture ideas,” he says. “This integration with Google Drive helps people cultivate those ideas with rich context.”

The new features are available now; both apps are free on Google Play.

Check out the trailer highlighting the changes below:

[via Google Drive Blog]

Google Drive now allows files to be edited in other apps

Google Drive now allows files to be edited in other apps

Mar 23, 2016

We love to see great apps get better, and Google Drive continuously fits the bill; its latest update brings new collaborative features.

Per Google Play:

What’s New
* Reverse sort by file name, date or size
* Edit your files in other apps and save them back to Drive
* Performance improvements and bug fixes

Google Drive remains free on Google Play.

Google Drive Gets Updated

Google Drive Gets Updated

Feb 1, 2016

Google Drive seems to be getting a great deal of update love from Google lately, and is getting even more via a refreshed build making the official rounds now.

WHAT’S NEW

* Control which type of notifications you get (e.g. share or access request).
* Performance improvements and bug fixes

Google Drive remains free on Google Play.

Google Drive Gets Better Organization

Google Drive Gets Better Organization

Jan 14, 2016

Drive, Google’s expansive solution for cross-platform file management, had a pretty good year; it continued to get improvement and fixes, and became quite the competitor in the cloud storage space… and rightfully so. In doing so, it has become more of a one-stop solution.

It especially made great strides in the area of security, as this is clearly a huge point of concern amongst mobile users.

Today, Google Drive is getting even more improvements; its latest tweak involves allowing users to better organize files. Now, there are new icons that facilitate movement and manipulation, as well as added functionality from search results.

Per the Google Drive Blog:

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● When you’re browsing files, the toolbar now shows a “Move” icon for files already in Drive and “Add to My Drive” for everything else.

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● When previewing files, a new icon lets you add the file to any folder in “My Drive” quickly and easily.

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● From search results, you can now drag and drop files into folders.

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Google Drive remains free on Google Play.

[via Google Drive Blog Post]

Google Drive Makes it Easier to Find Files

Google Drive Makes it Easier to Find Files

Dec 9, 2015

Google Drive is making it easier for folks to manage and manipulate files with its latest update that is live on Google Play as of right now.

Per the Google Drive Blog post (by Group Product Manager Steen Andersson) detailing the changes, Drive now allows one to search across all files regardless of source. One can narrow one’s search to a file type using the Android search box and open advanced search from the search box.

There are also some tweaks meant to improve search results. More specifically, it is possible to query files by owner using name and/or email, and also to search with advanced means like modified date, terms therein or the people a file was shared with.

All in all, the new features sound exceptionally useful for all type of storage users, and definitely are of a premium to people who partake in collaborative projects.

The versions for iOS and the web are also getting updated.

Google Drive remains free on the Play Store.

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[via Google Drive Blog]

Google Drive Gets Improvements via Update

Google Drive Gets Improvements via Update

Nov 4, 2015

Google Drive is getting some improvements via an update which is rolling out currently.

Per a blog post on the Google Drive Blog, the updates include mobile notifications, the ability to request and grant access to files, and the added ability to preview files without a Google Account on mobile.

Get sharing notifications
You may have noticed recently that it’s easier to select and share multiple files and folders on iOS and Android — but checking your email may not be the fastest way to find out when something’s been shared with you. So starting today, you’ll receive mobile notifications to alert you immediately when files or folders are shared with you and a single tap can take you right to them.

Request and grant file access
Drive lets you quickly grab a link to files and folders so you can share them using other apps, but if you share a link before you’ve granted access, the person you’re sending it to won’t be able to open it. Now, the Drive for Android app lets recipients request access with a single tap. And on Android and iOS, file owners will be notified of the request instantly so they can quickly grant access.

Preview files without a Google Account on Android
Until now, you needed a Google Account to view shared files on your Android device. Now, you can do this without a Google Account just like on the web.

Some of the features mentioned are already available. Look for the rest to roll out in the coming week or so

Google Drive remains free on Google Play.

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[via Google Drive Blog]

Google Drive Gets Enhancements via Update

Google Drive Gets Enhancements via Update

Sep 23, 2015

Google Drive is getting the update treatment currently.

Per the Play page:

WHAT’S NEW

* Easier to download or send multiple files
* Enhanced user interface for sharing files
* Performance improvements and bug fixes

The update is rolling out now.

Google Drive Gets Easier Sharing and More via Update

Google Drive Gets Easier Sharing and More via Update

Apr 21, 2015

Google Drive, the cloud strage utility from you know who, is getting spruced up via an update. The update brings new languages, easier sharing and more.

* Easier Sharing from Upload Notification
* Bug fixes, Performance and UI Improvements
* Support for 23 new languages (Afrikaans, Amharic, Armenian, Basque, Bengali, Chinese (Hong Kong), Estonian, French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Icelandic, Kannada, Khmer, Lao, Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Zulu)

Google Drive remains free on Google Play.

Google Drive Adds Google Now Functionality and More

Google Drive Adds Google Now Functionality and More

Jan 28, 2015

Google’s storage and document processing app Drive is getting a nice update that brings some fantastic additions to the application.

Per the update primer:

What’s New

* Search Drive with the Google app — includes voice search like “OK Google, search notes on Drive”

* Access custom maps created with Google My Maps

* Performance improvements and bug fixes

Users should start seeing the rollout immediately; Google Drive remains free on the Play Store.

[Source: Google Play App Page]

Google Drive Finally Announced; Why Its Terms of Service Are Really Not That Bad

Google Drive Finally Announced; Why Its Terms of Service Are Really Not That Bad

Apr 25, 2012

The worst-kept secret in technology, that Google would launch a Dropbox-esque cloud storage service, is finally a reality. Google Drive is coming soon, bringing 5 GB of free storage to users.

On the Android side of things, the Google Docs app has been replaced with Google Drive. As of now, it still has identical features to Google Docs, until the user’s account is approved, so don’t just download the update expecting to get instant access that way. Google’s smarter than that. We’ll have more on Google Drive and how it stacks up to the competition.

Some hysteria over Google Drive has come from concern over the Google terms of service and how it impacts users. Here’s a sampling of it, with the bolded part being the one most frequently referenced in tweets and articles seen about this.

Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.

The bolded part is harrowing out of context, but the context of the sentences before and after it are what is truly important. While I am not a lawyer, many of these issues were raised when Dropbox had their kerfuffle over what their TOS gave them the right to do. Essentially, Google – or any service where user data is uploaded to the cloud – needs the right to store and move the data across their servers without needing explicit user permission. By claiming broad rights but narrow permissions as to what they will do with it, this means that they can do actions for the users without need permission for each individual action, optimistically to only benefit the user or through improvements to the service.

The stereotypical fear is that Google could take people’s photos or the things they write and store on Google Drive and then Google could sell them, as if there’s any evidence of them or any cloud storage service doing so on a widespread basis. The more grounded fear is that Google, being a company that makes its money off of data, is now trying to find a way to get its hands on more data from users, and they’re just going to hand it over. Analyzing and using that data to deliver more efficient advertisements may be the ultimate goal of Google here.

The thing about these concerns is that if they are rooted in a fear of Google indexing everything, it seems as if the time to start worrying about that would have been a long time ago, around when they actually started to, well, try and index everything. It’s hardly been a secret goal of theirs. Never mind that this is all really based off of the same terms of service that Google introduced earlier this year. It’s only now popping up because they announced a new service, and apparently the rights of cloud-based storage companies is a hot-button issue.

So I call on readers to respond in the comments: will the TOS keep you from using Google Drive? Do you agree that this is largely hysteria? Or is this a valid issue being raised? Or both?