Google Drive adds new sharing feature to Android notification panel and 23 new languages

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Google Drive has been updated with performance improvements and a couple of notable new features. The first is that when you upload a file from your smartphone, the notification that you get when the upload is finished will have a new option. You will now be able to quickly share the file with other people right from the notification.

Google also added 23 new languages, which include Armenian, Basque, Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Georgian, Khmer, Malayalam, and many more.

The update is rolling now so you might not see it in the Play Store right away.

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Source: Google Drive Blog