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Google Drive Android Update Brings Card-Style UI, Scan to PDF and Better Editing

by Jacob Kleinman | May 22, 2013May 22, 2013 2:00 pm PDT

Google is rolling out a new update for it’s Drive app on Android, promising a smoother cloud storage experience and a few new exciting features.

First off, Google Drive on Android is getting the same “card-style” UI that Google has been rolling out across its services from the new Maps to Google+ to Glass. Each card contains one image, message, video or link and you can swipe between them easily. To save a card from Drive onto your smartphone just choose to “download a copy.”

Next up is a new feature called “Scan” that lets your turn important documents into searchable PDF files. Just click “Scan” and transform any document into a readable PDF thanks to Optical Character Recognition (OCR), meaning you can find your document later through a simple text search in Drive.

Finally, the editing software in Google Sheets is getting an upgrade which will let you change font and spreadsheet sizes, change text cell colors and cell allignment all on your Android device. Drive also offers a Cloud Print service, meaning you can print a document straight from the cloud.

The update for Android is free and is available from Google Play now.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...