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With smartphones becoming increasingly popular, the demand for mobile versions of favorite programs is at an all-time high. Many big developers like Google have released apps for mobile users. One of the more useful Google apps is Drive. While it may not be as fully functional as the browser version, Google has been releasing updates to improve the app’s functionality.
The latest update to the Drive app for Android devices aims to make accessing your files and creating documents from your mobile device even easier, and Google delivers on that goal. Here is an overview of the changes introduced by Google.
An improved layout
When you open the new version of Drive on your Android device you likely won’t see much of a difference to the overall look. If you look at the top of the screen however you will notice that the top bar has been changed. You will now see (from left to right) :
A new Information panel
You will notice that each file and folder has an ‘i’ in a circle on the bottom right. Tap it and the file’s information will pop up. This screen is the information screen and provides you with a preview of the file, who has access to it, and general information like size, as well as giving you the option to make it available offline. If you slide the tab from Off to On, you will be able to access the file without an Internet connection.
Download a copy
If you want to download a copy of a picture, doc or other file you can now do so. Simply open the file and press the information button on the top of the screen. Press the three squares at the top-right of the window that opens and select Download a copy from the menu that drops down.
Your phone or tablet is now a scanner
Google introduced a new feature to the mobile Drive app that enables you to scan documents using your device’s camera. You can scan documents by pressing the three squares from any file, (note: This is where it will be uploaded, so pick where you want to upload the file first), select Add new followed by Scan. Your camera should turn on, so press the shutter button and Drive will scan the document and create a .pdf.
Combine this with the app’s ability to print documents through the cloud via Google’s Cloud Print and this app could be a valuable mobile scanner.
If you would like to learn more about Google Drive and how it can help your business, contact us for a chat.
Published on 6th June 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.