Google Drive Overview Updated January 22, 2020

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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 January 22

Progressive Web Apps might be a huge deal in the future, but right now, many of the sites and services we want to use in this way simply aren’t available. Recently, though, Google Drive made its debut as a Progressive Web App (PWA).

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[Update: Fixed] Google Drive File Stream is currently down for some G Suite users

The business equivalent of Backup and Sync for G Suite is called Drive File Stream. Users of the enterprise app today are encountering some downtime and cannot access their documents.

Google Drive Stories December 2, 2019

Chrome URL bar integrating Google Drive search this month for G Suite users

When Chrome launched a decade ago, one if its marquee features was a unified field for entering URLs and searching. The browser’s Material Theme revamp last year added rich inline results, and Google is now integrating Drive search and file suggestions.

Google Drive Stories November 20, 2019

Microsoft is set to allow you to add your Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar accounts to your existing Outlook.com accounts on the web.

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Google Drive Stories November 14, 2019

Over the past few years Google has finally been getting better with backups on Android, but there’s a hiccup right now. For the past few months, many Android users have been reporting failed Drive backups on their phones for months.

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Google Drive Stories November 6, 2019

Unless you have huge pockets, chances are that there’s no document scanner on you most of the time. However, plenty of people have figured out that they can simply take a picture of any document with their smartphone. That’s a smart idea, but the Google Drive app actually has a supercharged camera-based scanning function that takes this simple trick to the next level. Let’s learn how to scan documents to Google Drive.

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