Google Drive Overview Updated September 4, 2019

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Google Drive was launched in April of 2012 and encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, among other Google apps. In addition to being an office productivity suite, Drive allows users to upload their files and photos. Users get 15GB of free storage between Gmail, Photos and Drive, with the option to purchase more on a monthly basis.

Like with Docs, Google allows users to create links to share uploaded files. Google Drive supports a variety of image and video formats, as well as Microsoft Office and Adobe file formats. Third-party apps can integrate and store data in Drive, while the official Mac and Windows apps allow automatic syncing of local data from a desktop.

On Chrome, the Drive app can sync files for offline viewing. Android and iOS apps allow users to view all their files on the go and make edits.


Google Drive Stories September 4

Google Drive for Android adds manual dark theme setting

Google Drive for Android’s dark theme began appearing for some users with the Material Theme redesign in April. Thanks to a new theme setting, it’s now more widely available for users not running Android 10.

Google Drive Stories August 27

[Update: Google Contacts too] Google account quick-switch gesture arrives in Drive and Maps on Android

If you’ve got multiple accounts logged into Google Drive or Maps, you’ll be pleased to hear that the latest version 2.19.332 adds a new swipe up or down gesture to quick-switch between your logged-in accounts.

Google Drive Stories August 22

Earlier this month, Google rolled out Drive’s new Priority page with Workspaces to all G Suite editions. The Android and iOS apps are now gaining support for filling out basic PDF forms.

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Google Drive Stories August 15

With the new Drive Priority page, Google introduced Workspaces that can be used to provide quick access to files without changing the underlying location. Google Drive is now testing the ability to create shortcuts as part of a new beta.

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Google Drive Stories August 7

Google wants to boost productivity in G Suite apps with machine learning-powered features. In Google Drive, this is through a new “Priority” homepage that surfaces your most relevant documents, and customizable “Workspaces.” After beta and enterprise launches this past year, it will be available for all G Suite editions in the coming days.

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Google Drive Stories July 1

As G Suite adoption spreads, Google is adding more features specifically for education and enterprise customers. The latest is an integrated system for requesting and getting approvals on Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

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