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New Google Drive Android API Released, Allows for Fast and Seamless Experience

This morning, the Google Developers team launched a new Google Drive API for Android developers, which will allow said developers to introduce a new way for users to access files on Drive through an application.

Previously, there were other APIs that allowed for such integration, but the team at Google says that the new API takes just minutes to set up, and will provide a “faster, seamless experience that enables apps to integrate with the Drive backend.” 

If you are a developer that is looking to get started with the new API, go check out the Google Drive GitHub repository.


  • There’s minimal impact on the weight of your apps. As the client library is a stub to Google Play Services, incorporating the API has minimal impact on the size of your .apk binaries, resulting in faster downloads, fewer updates, and smaller execution footprint.
  • User files are automatically synced between different devices (provided the app has the same namespace and is signed with the same key).
  • Any device running the Gingerbread or later releases of Android and Google Play Services will automatically have support for the Google Drive Android API.

Via: Google Developers
  • Andy

    I hate that when I play videos or music from my drive on my phone I cant access any other app without it shutting off.

  • Craig

    Nice! I’m sure this will open up a lot of possibilities for developers.

  • Ray

    Now all we need to selective folder sync in the Windows/Desktop app and all will be good.

  • Menger40

    Can anyone name some apps that make good use of the Drive API? I’ve only ever seen it used in file manager apps, where it’s pretty extraneous.

  • Cody Revels

    Does this also mean that say if you wipe your device or get a new device, your app data will come back?

  • matthew

    Whats with the off topic posts?

    • Adrynalyne

      I know right? Kinda like the one you made!

      So weird…..

  • Wolfpack93

    I want to upload video and allow others to stream from cloud. #makeitso

    • Adrynalyne

      Sounds like a great app idea.

    • T4rd

      So.. YouTube? You can upload them with different permissions (searchable, link required, private).

      • michael arazan

        Exactly, you can upload the videos to YT straight from your phone even. My GDrive is for my private stuff, and would not want an app having access to it. And You Tube is free, use their space instead of your own

    • Brandon Golway

      Plex allows you to do that.

  • Pedro

    Looks pretty nice. Background sync of program data.
    Now, how about a native linux API so that I can back up my household data just like I do now with Dropbox.

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  • Chris

    Fast and seamless?

    Something that should have been there form the start!

    • Philip J. Fry
      • Chris

        Nope. Its called common sense child.

        • EC8CH


          • Adrynalyne


            You can always tell someone who has never developed software. They think that everything should have been perfect from day one.

            Well, no sh!t. Too bad it never works that way.

          • matthew

            Who said they wanted it perfect from the start?

          • Adrynalyne

            “Fast and seamless?

            Something that should have been there form the start!”

            Look familiar?

          • michael bourgoin

            guys is this what you want Denis to look at? 🙂

          • Adrynalyne


            Insta downvote.

        • Adrynalyne
          • matthew

            three others say otherwise!

          • Adrynalyne


            Chris, Tim242, and StuckOnVerizonForever.

            I am pretty much guaranteed 1-3 downvotes for anything I post.

          • matthew

            maybe cuz its off topic?

          • Adrynalyne

            So what makes your response on topic, exactly?

            Funny how that works out, huh 🙂

          • matthew

            Your not any more different then me. Then again I’m not a douchebag who thinks its funny to pick fights with everyone on here…

          • Adrynalyne

            Picking fights eh? Are you the same Matt that claimed I made up what someone said about wishing suicide and molestation on my daughter?

          • matthew

            I’ve seen your posts.

            this started with an innocent post and you go off posting images that don’t even relate to the topic. If anything YOU and phillip are to blame.

          • Adrynalyne

            Well, I apologize that I do not post exactly what you want to see.

            The Internet is a hard and cruel place.

          • Philip J. Fry
          • matthew

            Why? Your posts are off topic and do not relate to the story at all.

          • Philip J. Fry
          • Adrynalyne
          • Dr_Buttballs

            I recall the suicide bit, but at what point did anyone mention molestation?

          • Adrynalyne

            A few days ago. Same guy that mentioned the suicide bit. I have screenshots to prove it, but they get deleted when I post them here. The users don’t get deleted, but the posts do. Out of sight, out mind I guess, LOL.

          • Adrynalyne

            Oh and the next time you want to complain about someone picking fights, you might want to not call someone a douchebag. It pretty much invalidates anything you have said.

          • John Legere

            Funny how you accuse others. Cause there could possibly be no other person who disagrees with you.