Google Drive now allows users to edit images in Slides and Drawings

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We have a good news for those who keep their presentation slides in Google Drive. Google announced Tuesday on its blog that images can now be edited by users in Google Slides and Drawings.

The company introduced a range of tools which enable image editing directly from within Slides and Drawings. These include cropping, applying masks, and adding borders to the images. These tools are quite useful since most of us usually end up noticing that some of the images in the slides require a little editing and with these new tools, we no longer need to depend on an external image editing program. » Read the rest

Big update for Google Play Services rolling out

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With support for Google Play Games being extended to the iOS platform, developers will need tools to enable this throughout their games. That will be coming forthwith as Google prepares to rollout a new SDK for developers in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Laying the groundwork for that, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Play Services that includes new APIs. » Read the rest

Google Drive update brings along a tiny widget for document scanning, animated GIF support

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Google Drive is receiving an update today that brings small, useful additions alongside some bug fixes. First up is a new 1×1 widget that links directly to the document scanning feature within Google Drive. Also added in the update is the support for animated GIFs. And, as most updates do, unidentified bug fixes are included.

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Google Drive adds activity stream to show recent changes

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Google_Drive_Splash_BannerToday, Google Drive added a new “activity stream” that makes it easier to track changes in documents that are shared among multiple users. The stream will track edits and comments, as well as actions like adding new spreadsheets, renaming documents, and changing the users who a file was shared with. To access the stream, click the new info button in the top navigation bar, and it will pop up.

The feature will begin rolling out over the next week, so don’t fret if you don’t see it just yet.

Source: Google Drive Blog

Google Drive for Android gets update, adds find-and-replace features, table management, and other features

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The Google Drive app is seeing an update that should add several productivity features to document editing, including the ability to find and replace text, advanced table management, and names styles for your documents. These features have been available in the web version of Drive, but now they’ll finally be added into the Android app. You can also finally rename scanned documents before you upload them, and tablets can view files in a two-column view.

This is going to be one of Google’s infamous staged rollouts, so keep an eye out for the update in the next few days.

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Quickoffice gets updated with more Google Drive integration

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Popular Android productivity suite Quickoffice has been given another update, making it much more integrated with Google Drive. Google bought the suite back in June, and since then we have seen a number of updates bringing Google Drive and Quickoffice closer and closer together.

This particular update means that when Google Drive and Quickoffice is installed on the same device, Google Drive will automatically open documents, spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations. The update also brought a few bug fixes and performance upgrades.

It seems to be only a matter of time until Quickoffice is phased out completely and Google Drive handles all your office needs on your Android Device. The question of when that will be remains unanswered, but in the meantime having both apps is becoming less and less of a problem as they become more integrated with each other.

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Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini receiving software updates from Verizon, includes several enhancements and free 50 GB of Google Drive storage

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Do you own one of Verizon’s latest Motorola Droid devices? If you’ve got the Droid Ultra, Maxx, or Mini, you should soon be getting a notification to update your device OTA. While it’s not KitKat, it still includes some pretty handy improvements for the device, including camera tweaks, connectivity enhancements, and a handful of other updated and improved features.

What really makes this device unique is that it installs Google Drive onto your device for you, and if you use it from your device, you’ll be given 50 GB of free storage space for two years. Considering major carriers like Verizon tend to block those kinds of promotions (like what we’ve seen with Dropbox on Samsung devices), it’s great to see this offer being made available to Droid owners on Big Red’s network.

Keep an eye out for the update on your device, and hit the links below if you want to check out the full changelog.

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Google Offering 25-50 GBs Of Google Drive Space On Select HTC Devices

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It would seem the war on free cloud storage has begun and Google is trying to take the lead passing Dropbox on the inside lane. The popular search giant is now offering, for eligible HTC devices (primarily the One and One Max) the ability to snatch a whopping 25-50 GB’s of space on Google Drive for two years. The 50 GB’s is good for all One Max versions out there however, it’s a little confusing when it comes to the regular One’s offerings.

It’s been noted that when the HTC One upgrades to Sense 5.5 (as we’ve seen yesterday with the international version) both the Drive application and BlinkFeed should notify you and could possibly show an upgrade offering to 40 GBs (15 GB’s default + 25 GB’s of free storage). google-driveIn addition, it’s being reported that this excludes the developer edition of the One for now nor does it allow you to get the upgrade with an unlocked bootloader. If you’re looking to bank on the offer, it’s good until January 1, 2016 so you should have plenty of time, especially if you’re thinking of upgrading to a new HTC device in the next several months or more.

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Google Drive receives updated UI, now features a cleaner and more simplistic look for Docs, Sheets, and Slides

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Google updated its ‘Drive’ products today with a few new touch-ups as part of a minor re-design of the popular web platform. In Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Apps Script, the product icon will now be featured in the top left corner of the screen, which serves as a quick link back to your files in Drive. The header is also much more compact and simplistic, making things much easier on the eyes and hopefully making the process of creating good content more efficient. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think about the new look!

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Google Drive app gets updated with lighter Holo UI and several new features

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Google’s Drive app is starting to see an update (in the form of staged rollouts, of course) with “bug fixes and improvements.” Fortunately, those improvements actually mean something more than a bunch of under-the-hood tweaks that you may or may not notice.

First up is a tweaked Holo interface. It’s nothing major, but several aspects of the UI in the application have been made lighter to fit in with Google’s card-styled interface. The slide out navigation drawer is the most apparent aspect of the design to get this tweaked treatment. There are also a handful of new features, such as being able to pull down the list of your files to refresh it, a create bar at the bottom of the app for quickly creating new documents or uploading files, and a bunch of new tools for viewing and editing spreadsheets. Google has added in a Pause button to replace the Stop button when syncing files and a new filter to use when scanning in images specifically for colored drawings. If you’re the artistic type and like storing your work on Drive, that should be a handy feature for you. » Read the rest