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May 22, 2013

Google Drive for Android Update Includes Cards, Document Scanning

It’s all about the cards in Google’s Drive app for Android update.

The Drive app for Android makeover was a bid by the search engine giant to “make creating and accessing stuff on-the-go even easier,” Google software engineer Denis Teplyashin said in a blog post.

Drive files are now displayed in a new “clean, simple card-style.” By swiping between the cards, users can access sizeable previews that allow for quick reviews and ease of discovery.

Those wishing to keep some Drive files on their Android devices can now “download a copy” from the actions menu inside settings.

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The app update also includes a way for users to keep track of important paper documents such as receipts, letters, and billing statements.

“Simply click ‘Scan’ from the Add New menu, snap a photo of your document, and Drive will turn the document into a PDF that’s stored for safekeeping,” Teplyashin said. “And because Drive can recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, a simple search will retrieve the scanned document later. No more frantic scrambling through drawers looking for a receipt or digging through your pockets to find that business card — just scan, upload and search in Drive.”

Google Sheets has also received an upgrade. Users, right from the app, are now able to modify font types and sizes for a spreadsheet and fine-tune the cell text colors and cell alignment. The Drive app also comes with Cloud Print support allowing users to print anything from Drive with a Cloud Ready printer.

The Google Drive app can be downloaded from Google Play.

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