Google Drive

Back up and restore your WhatsApp account on Google Drive

It seems that the folks over at WhatsApp are keeping pretty busy, bringing us updates every few days or so. The latest one, still in beta and not yet available on the Google Play Store update, allows you to back-up your conversations onto Google Drive. That means if you need "evidence" about a conversation you had that your friend is denying, you can just pull a file that you backed up on the cloud.

Google Drive, Google Docs for Android receive updates

It's Wednesday, so you know that one or two (or all!) of your Google products will probably receive an update today. This week, among the new goodies that they've given us is some enhanced features for Google Drive and Google Docs. Working from your Android mobile device is a reality that a lot of us are living with now, and we often need functions that are just available for desktop versions. But the newest update has brought these to these work-related apps.

Google+ photos can now be viewed on Google Drive

We don't know if this might be the start of the "rebranding" of Google+, but it can be considered major news that the tech giant is now making your photos previously found only on the social networking site now available on your Google Drive as well. It's been long reported that Google is looking to make big changes to the way they organize and manage photos, and this may be the first step towards that.

Will the new Google Drive replace Google+ photo back up?

With the confirmation last week that Bradley Horowitz is now heading Google+, taking over from Vic Gondutra, people have been speculating about the fate of Google's social network. The first big change is that it is now divided into two products, Photos and Streams, although no one knows exactly what that means. A leaked file for an upcoming update to Google Drive may give a clue as to its fate, at least with the Photos part of Google+.

Google update spree: Play Store, Hangouts, Drive

MWC 2015 isn't enough to keep Google from doing its weekly update duties and this week, we're getting a taste of quite a few big ones. And now, this time it isn't just about Material Design, but the changes do improve on the overall user experience as well as the user interface of some apps. Play Store gets a new and better landscape layout, Hangouts gets a new contact card format, and Drive adds drag and drop organization on mobile.

Google Drive rewards 2GB for Security Checkup takers

Having extra space in the cloud is always a good thing for file hoarders, heavy media collectors, or just plain old busy people with a lot going on. Google Drive is dangling that reward for its users, but it's all for a "good cause". The cloud storage will be giving extra space for those who will voluntarily undergo their Security Checkup, as part of their contribution to the Safer Internet Day and to ensure that all is fine and dandy on your cloud drive.

Google Classroom app now available for Android and iOS

Google Classroom was introduced back in May 2014, providing a more efficient way to save on paper and strengthen communication between educators and students. The service allowed teachers to assign digital assignments and monitor students' progress. Since then, the service has become available for Android and iOS devices. There has always been an issue with using phones in class - now students have an excuse. Instructors would most likely encourage phone use now if they plan on adapting to the Google Classroom service.

Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android updated

The Android version of the Google Drive app recently received an important update. A lot of Android users have been giving feedback to Google and the Internet giant listened to demands. New features include support for important three major Open file formats like .odt (documents), .ods (spreadsheets), and .odp (presentations), search for files right from the app, and access and sharing of custom maps. These enhancements make the recent Google Drive app version a better and more efficient tool for work and productivity.

New Chromebook owners getting 1TB of Google Drive storage

As always, Google is becoming more generous than ever. Why, the Internet giant is giving Chromebook owners a special bonus for the holiday season. No, it won’t be giving away Nexus device but Google is giving 1TB of Google Drive storage for new Chromebook buyers for a couple of years. It’s not unlimited but the 1TB is a lot of storage you won’t be able to use it all up.
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