Sep 17th, 2013

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Google Drive may be simple and convenient for all of us cloud geeks, but it was already starting to look a bit outdated. A new update has hit the Google Play Store and it comes with a few new design elements and improvements worth mentioning.

Many of us may ignore the update at first, mistaking it for one of the usual bug-fixing update we get daily. The very What’s New description even makes it seem like that, simply stating: “Bug fixes and other improvements”. There is much more than that to see, though!

Google Drive app improvements

The app’s design has been improved by adopting the Holo Light design cues we have seen in the latest Google apps. With this lighter, cleaner look, Google can bring different adaptations to the apps without making it seem too cluttered.

Here is a comparison of the old and new designs:


Google has added 3 options to the bottom of the screen, making it much easier and faster to access certain actions. Think of them as shortcuts. Now one can easily access the Upload, Create and Scan functions. All without tapping extra buttons and menus.

Wrap Up

There are other improvements baked into Drive, including editing upgrades and the such. The main design elements are definitely the most important, though. I happen to love the new features and design. Everything looks clean and simple, yet much more functional.

Only problem I found is that some of my devices got the new bar while others didn’t. All my devices were updated to the same version number, yet my Galaxy Note 2 is not showing the bar with the shortcuts. It did get the new design and colors, though.

You should be able to go update or download the new Google Drive app from the Google Play Store. Check it out and let us know how your experience is! Are you running into any issues?

[Google Play Store]

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