Google executives are now on-stage for the second day of Google I/O to announce Google Drive’s launch on iOS and Chrome OS today.
Director of Google Apps Product Management Clay Bavor first showed off real-time collaboration. He also demonstrated image recognition and searching with Optical Character Recognition, which lets users convert images with text into text documents. Using Google Drive on iOS, Bavor searched for “pyramid.” He then received a personal picture from a vacation—even though it was not titled.
While on Google Drive on Chrome OS, Bavor demonstrated silent syncing. He launched the same document across a demo smartphone, tablet, and Chromebook, added a LOLcats image, and then showed it appearing on each device.
The company also revealed the 10-week old cloud storage service reached 10 million users. The infant Google product is on the App Store now, and it launching on Chrome OS at some point this afternoon. Google also updated the Google Drive Android app today that includes the following improvements:
What’s new in this version:
1. Quickly find files that have been recently opened, edited or shared with you
2. Upload/Download all file types to/from your Google Drive
3. Selecting contacts to share with is easier
4. Faster navigation of folders when syncing in the background
5. Choose text alignment in the documents editor
This story is developing.
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