Google Drive

Google Drive update: multiple files interaction, new sharing interface

As businesses and individuals start adapting to the "cloud digital culture", cloud services like Dropbox and OneDrive need to up their game since competition will grow fiercer in the next few months. Google Drive is not one to be left behind of course and the newest update to their Android app brings you several features, including making it easier to send and receive multiple files, as bringing you a brand new and more convenient way of sharing files, both single and multiple ones.

Cool new APIs out for Google Calendar, Google Maps

Google is pushing out some new APIs for app developers to play around with, this in relatively known and very much used app platforms like Google Calendar and Google Maps. The first API is for you to be able to attach files to Google Calendar entries, which sounds uber useful. The second one is for using Google Maps to present you with the perfect bike ride profile on an Android Wear platform, like a smartwatch.

Unclouded is your cloud storage manager, brings MEGA support

We can just imagine how your cloud storage accounts look like, we know it’s kind of a mess to keep up with because ours is exactly in the same boat. A productivity app called “Unclouded” claims to be able to bring some semblance of order into all of this, managing your cloud storage accounts and giving you features that are supposed to make your life easier.

Google Drive’s OCR-recognition now available for 200 languages

Optical character recognition, more popularly known as OCR, has been a lifesaver for those who have a lot of documents, books, research materials, papers, to scan and digitize. Even though we live in an increasingly digital world, a lot of materials are still on paper, and need to be transferred by scanning. But OCR allows those scanned materials to become textual content, and therefore searchable. Google Drive has had OCR capabilities for some time now, but the latest update brings it to even more languages, rather than just English.

Google Play Books: changes in interface, fonts, notes in Drive soon

It's Wednesday, so that means one of our Google products will probably be changing, hopefully for the better. Today, it's the turn of Google Play Books, and while the update to Version 3.4.5 doesn't seem much on paper, they are still very much welcome, especially if you're a frequent or heavy user of the app. There are slight changes to the translation interface, a change in the default font, and a hint of a useful feature that will hopefully come in the future.

WhatsApp looks to have pulled out Google Drive backup feature

A few days ago, we told you about an update to messaging app WhatsApp which allows you to back up your messages and your entire account onto Google Drive. The update was available on an APK Mirror but wasn't released on their Google Play Store page. Now it looks like they might have changed their mind or something because this feature has been disabled without any official announcement, and their latest build doesn't have this capability anymore.

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+.
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