Google Android Gets Improved Apps for Drive, Chrome
The Google Drive App promises to be simpler to use, while the new Chrome for Android app delivers easier Web searching.Google's Android team has unveiled new apps to improve the company's Drive and Chrome services for Android users. The new Google Drive app for Android now incorporates several changes to simplify its operation for users, wrote Denis Teplyashin, a Google software engineer, in a May 22 post on the Official Android Blog. "The process of creating and accessing your stuff shouldn't be, well ... a process," wrote Teplyashin. "To help you find the content you care about, Drive files will now be displayed in a clean, simple card-style. You can swipe between files to see large previews that let you quickly review and discover the information you're looking for. And if you want to keep some Drive files on your Android device, you'll now be able to 'download a copy' from the actions menu inside settings." Also highlighting the new version is the ability to now keep track of important paper documents such as receipts, letters and billing statements, he wrote. "Simply click 'Scan' from the Add New menu, snap a photo of your document, and Drive will turn the document into a PDF that's stored for safekeeping. And because Drive can recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, a simple search will retrieve the scanned document later. No more frantic scrambling through drawers looking for a receipt or digging through your pockets to find that business card—just scan, upload and search in Drive."
Users of Google Sheets also gain several new features, Teplyashin wrote, including the ability to adjust font types and sizes for a spreadsheet and tweak the cell text colors and cell alignment right from the app. Users can also now print anything from Drive with a Cloud Ready printer.