Today, Google has announced the ability to share your important or not-so-important documents from Google Drive right to your Google+ profile. People in your circles that you select on the share page can then view the files while others are left in the cold. This is a great example of how Google is tying all of their services together. So far, you can share PDF files, videos, slideshows, and more.
Go give it the rundown if you’re so inclined.
Via: Google Drive
Just now, Google’s teams have pushed out updates for three of their widely used applications - Google Wallet, Play Music, and Google Drive. For the most part, only Wallet and Drive have received new “features” so we’ll go over those. For Wallet users, the app includes new security and battery improvements as well as other fixes that should make the app more stable. Can never argue with that.
Google Drive app users have received the largest additions such as creating new folders, an update to gesture controls, pinch-to-zoom document editors, and lots more. As for Play Music, it’s merely some bug fixes with nothing new being added. Go get your updates!
Google Wallet | Google Play Music | Google Drive
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. (more…)
Google Drive has not been official for all that long, but Google is hoping to extend its reach with the new version of the SDK for the application that is tooled just for developers of mobile apps. The new set of APIs will allow applications a lot of new features that developers can integrate to use Google’s cloud storage service.
Using a secure Drive API, users will be able to open, edit and save documents to Drive through applications. There’s even an “open with” feature where you get to choose what application you open a Drive document on. There are more changes than that hidden under the hood of this SDK update, and developers should be using them on your favorite apps pretty soon.
Via: Google Developers Blog
Google Drive launched a couple weeks back and quickly got to work doing it’s thing by managing everyone’s files. Only problem with cloud-based apps like Drive is that if you have no connection you are left high and dry without your files. Fortunately for Drive power users, an interesting nugget of information dropped at the end of this week’s D conference that just wrapped up, and from Google’s Senior Vice President of Chrome Sundar Pichai no less:
It’s a natural evolution. Users like the familiarity. Sometimes wanting to be full-screen; if you’re watching YouTube or Netflix, you want to be immersed. It’s important to remember that we release a new version every six weeks; contrast that with Windows! Google Drive offline is coming five weeks from today.
“Five weeks from today.” That’s a pretty specific time-frame to just toss out off the top of your head. Currently, you can view Docs when you are offline but not edit them. It sounds like the team behind Drive has a little something up their sleeve, we’ll just have to wait and see when they want to show what it is.
Via: Phone Arena
A fantastic application has made its way onto the Play Store that will enable Android tablet users to produce some serious work while still being mobile. With CloudOn, you can access three of the major cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. Once connected to your online storage, you can then create/edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from anywhere you have an internet connection.
The application doesn’t stop there – with built in Adobe Reader, you can essentially open any type of file for viewing including PNGs, GIFs, and even PDFs. It’s a fantastic mobile tool that almost all Android tablet users should think about picking up. Starting today, you can give it a go in the Play Store for free. (more…)
Let’s be honest, Google Drive is really just a rebranded Google Docs that is aiming draw in a wider variety of consumers. Its current base is mostly business users or those of us who would rather not fork out the cash required for a top tier office suite but who still need cloud access to documents and other files. As “Drive” though, it’s clear that Google wants to take in users from the “cloud storage” arena and move away from simply being a “cloud document service.” After all, their new motto for the service is “Keep everything. Share anything.” With a free 5GB of storage to get everyone started and upgrades at monthly fees to expand your Drive, are you ready to make this your one-stop shop for the cloud? Will you stick with Dropbox or will you continue to use a variety of services?
Yep, Google Drive is available now in the Play Store. It really is just an overhauled Google Docs, so if you already have that app installed, it will be a simple update.
We are still waiting for drive.google.com to go live though.
Update: I take that back, drive.google.com is now live. Doesn’t appear to be GApps support yet. (more…)