Google updates its Google Drive for iOS and Android

September 11, 2012 • Gadgets and Gaming

Technology giant Google has released a number of changes to its cloud storage facility Google Drive – iOS and Android can now be used to edit Google documents. Google Drive enables users to store videos, photos, Google Docs and PDFs in the cloud.

A view of Google Drive on an iPad (image: Google)

“Starting today, if you’re using the Drive app on your iOS device you can also edit Google documents, just as you can with the Android app. From your iPhone or iPad, you can create a new document, edit an existing one or format text. And, just like on your computer, you’ll be able to see other people’s edits instantly as they’re made,” Google said in a blog post.

The company also added more support for iOS devices, where users will now be able to view Google presentations on their iPhone or iPad. “You can now view Google presentations on your iPhone or iPad, including speaker notes, full-screen mode and the ability to swipe between slides. You can also create new folders, move files into folders and upload stuff (like photos and videos) from your device directly in the Drive app.”

In terms of the Android application, users will be able to add comments, reply to existing comments and view tables in their Google documents. “And you’ll have the same new abilities to view presentations and organize your stuff as your friends with iPhones do,” added Google.

But this does not mark the end of improvement for the mobile applications, as Google said that they are looking at adding in new features very soon. “Looking ahead, we have plenty more planned for the Drive mobile apps—including native editing and real-time collaboration for Google spreadsheets. Stay tuned.”

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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