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Google Drive gets big update to change UI, scan documents from phone, and more

News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday May 22, 2013.

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Google Drive for Android has undergone a big reconstruction to add several new features, including the ability to scan a document by taking a picture and having words on paper converted to text that can be stored online or edited. Drive can scan receipts or documents and save them as a PDF file or later convert the document into text using the new Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature.

In the latest version of Google Drive for Android, Google made changes to the app's appearance. There's now a hidden navigation menu on the left side of the screen that replaces the need to go back to the app's home screen to switch between sections. There's also a new option to display items as a grid rather than just a list of files. As for files, items are now displayed in a Google Now Cards-style interface, reflecting Google's desire to unify the look of its apps.

Other features include:
- Downloading items directly from the actions menu for offline storage (Android 3.0 or later required)
- Changing fonts, colors, and cell alignment in spreadsheets
- File properties now viewable in editors

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