News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday September 05, 2013.
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Google made big changes to the user interface of its Drive application for Android, adding the cards-style UI seen in Google Now. The company has introduced a similar appearance, among other things, to the latest version of Google Drive. Google Drive for iOS has ditched the large black banner that was previously at the top of the app and replaced it with a light gray gradient that provides links to the hidden navigation menu, adding a new file, or switching between display options.
Drive now has a thumbnail view that shows previews of photos or documents to give users a better sense of what the app offers. It also groups files and folders separately to make it easier to browse. Users can switch to a more traditional list view that also separates folders and files but still includes a smaller thumbnail for previews.
Other new features include a "Get Link" option in the details pane that will copy a link to the clipboard. The search function has also been moved to a more prominent position so someone can try to locate a file as soon as he or she opens the app. Google notes that search works for both text and photos, so searching for "Eiffel Tower" will return documents containing the phrase as well as photos of the Parisian landmark.Google Drive
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