By Stephen Schenck | April 4, 2013 7:18 PM
Cloud storage can be a smart way for an app to manage your data. Maybe it needs to store a lot of info that’s not regularly accessed, and it wouldn’t make sense to keep it all on your phone. Maybe that data is very important, and it would be smart to have a backup copy residing somewhere. In order to make it easier for developers to provide such services, Google has updated its Google Drive API, giving developers some new tools for using it as app storage.
The big change is that apps can now set up special app-specific folders on Drive. Users don’t get full access to their contents, and can only see the total amount of storage being used – it’s the apps themselves that get free rein. From a developer’s perspective, that makes using Drive for app data storage become a whole lot more reliable.
The other new component is the ability for apps to set custom properties for the files they store on Drive. Rather than relying on file names to identify everything, this new metadata gives developers finer control over how they describe files, hopefully leading to easier access in the future, and more powerful search functions.
To you, most of this should be transparent, but it sounds like a powerful new tool for devs.