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Google Drive Updated – Comment on Documents, View Presentations, and More

Today, Google has pushed out an update to Drive for Android. Included in the update is the ability to comment on user documents (finally), view presentations including speaker notes, full-screen mode and the ability to swipe between slides, and table support. 

Google is also hoping to get people excited for future updates as well. It looks like native editing and real-time collaboration should be hitting the app sometime soon according to a blog post from Google’s Drive team. Excited? We are.

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  • El Big CHRIS

    Does GDrive have video playback like drop box? That’s one thing I use.

    • Nope, you would need to first download the file using a file explorer, then play it.

  • Need to be able to edit Word documents in Google Docs mode – that way I can edit on the fly without having to download my word docs to every machine I’m using and then re-upload, or convert to Google Docs and bah it’s generally annoying.

  • JoshGroff

    Looks at the still frame, subtle Nexus advertisement.

  • Bakubomb

    Finally. Table support!

    • John

      Basic table support*

      • Sp4rxx

        basic = 4 legs, right? Not like 6 or anything?

        • John

          Maybe 8 =/

          • Pedro

            No, no. That would be an octable. Way more than basic support.

          • michael arazan

            what about ergonomic tables?

  • mustbepbs

    Is there an option to download your files right to your device like Dropbox? Basically the only thing keeping me from switching to Drive. Seems like a pretty basic feature.

    • Nope, there isn’t. It’s a huge fail. You have to use one of the many file explorers that can connect to Google Drive to download stuff.

      I use this one:


      I could understand the reasoning behind not being able to do this back when it was Google Docs, but now they’re selling it as an online storage solution. And what good is online storage if you can’t get what you’re storing?

      • mustbepbs

        Lame. Dropbox stays I suppose.

    • John

      Automatically or manually? Dropbox doesn’t sync to your phone automatically. (right?)

      • JoshGroff

        I think you can set certain folders for offline use, but I’m not certain how it works. I would assume it auto-syncs them.

        Edit: apparently I was mistaken.

      • millidooms

        Manually. You can’t download files from Drive to your phone.

    • Alex Schechter

      You actually can, when you save something offline it gets stored in the “Android” folder on your SD card

      • Nope, don’t see it anywhere. Also, if this were true, it would be completely useful for your average smartphone user. It would need to show up in the Downloads “app” for it to be truly useful. That’s what I could expect, and it’s not doing that.

        • Alex Schechter

          Would you like me to take screen shots on my asus tf300? haha

          Don’t call it “not true” because you can’t find it

    • Not until the new APIs come out