Google Drive for Android gets improved search, share, and view tools

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The web and mobile experiences for Google Drive are being improved constantly. The latest round of adjustments is for the Google Drive for Android app. Google is improving search, share, and view tools. For the search tool, the Google Drive app will have active results suggested. Start typing and the app displays suggestions with the same set of letters. The new sharing menu now has a text box for users to add a message. The same menu also contains sharing options to make document links public. And for viewing, Google Drive for Android has a PDF viewer so it does not have to redirect users to another app.

The update will start appearing on devices over the next few days.


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Chromebooks account for near 50 percent of educational market share

Chromebooks_In_The_ClassroomOne of the benefits to Google’s Chromebook line is that with their often sub-$300 pricing, the education sector pounced all over that. As such — according to Google’s Sundar Pichai — Chromebooks account for nearly 50 percent of the educational market. Pichai spoke at Google’s work-focused Atmosphere Live event, and besides the education fact, he also mentioned that Drive has passed 240 million active users.


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Google rolls out Google Play Services 6.1 update, packs multiple API enhancements

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Google Play Services received an update today, bringing the software version up to 6.1. Nothing too wild here, but there are some updates to the Google Analytics API, Google Drive API and Google Fit API.

The update is slowly rolling out, so be patient. Unless you’re a developer, not much is relevant here, but some solid enhancements nonetheless.

Source: Android Developers Blog

Google Drive updated with new Material Design-inspired “home screens” for the web

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Google has updated Drive with brand new “home screens,” which feature an updated view to find your most relevant and recently edited documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

The new look is clearly inspired by Material Design, which we expect to continue its rollout to other Google products in the coming months. There’s also some nice drag and drop functionality that has been added, allowing users to quickly place documents into created folders. You’ll be able to view your most recent activity on a right sidebar as well — this feature is especially useful if you’re sharing the account with others.


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How to setup Google Drive on your desktop for syncing

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Keeping the documents on your computer organized in the past was as easy as creating named folders and clicking/dragging files into those folders. Now with the rise of the cloud, there are hundreds of tools that can be used to help users access their files from almost anywhere.

Google Drive has become one of the best of those options.

Many people use Google Drive solely for online word processing and document storing, but since the popular web application introduced “Drive for your computer,” users have begun using Drive to sync files on their computer with Google Drive online.

Want to get started with “Drive for your computer?” Read along below for detailed instructions.


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AT&T’s HTC One (M8) receiving update that fixes Google Drive bug

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The bug that was preventing AT&T owners of the HTC One (M8) from redeeming their 50GB of Google Drive space is now getting fixed. The carrier is pushing an update to the device after approving it from HTC. After installing the update, there is a chance that your free storage is still not there. In that case, clear data from the Drive application in Settings and all should be well.

Let us know in the comments if you have gotten the update and enjoyed the 50GB of space.

Todoist gets Google Drive and Dropbox integration as well as native file support

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If you’re a Todoist user, you’re about to get a few nice upgrades that should help you stay on top of sharing and managing files. The company announced that they are bringing both Google Drive and Dropbox integration, plus support for managing and adding native files.

If you’re a free user that’s previously shared a project with other users, you’ll be able to attach images, spreadsheets, documents, etc. directly from Google Drive and Dropbox from within Todoist. Unfortunately, they’re restricting that feature from users that haven’t shared any projects.
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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.
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