Google Drive update: new editing, scanning tools, refreshed UI


Google is on a bit of a tear lately, updating apps and services across the board. We follow up the recent changes to Google+ with an update for the Android Drive app, giving the program a new look.

The Now-ification of Google apps continues with Drive’s new card-based layout. You can swipe these around to navigate through your shared files, and there’s a new quick preview mode.

For those of you who like to work with documents on your phone – and not just view them – the new Drive gains some additional editing tools. When working with spreadsheets, you can now adjust cell alignment and set text colors, fonts, and sizes.

One useful new feature is the camera-based document scanner, letting you quickly capture docs for storage in the cloud. Google’s OCR magic will also grab any text from those docs, letting you easily search for them in the future.

All in all, sounds pretty nice. It also looks like Google’s avoided the Android-version-based update problems we saw with the recent Google+ update, so go right ahead and grab it.

Source: Google
Via: Phandroid

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