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Google updates Google Drive SDK to provide Android and IOS support

Still no Linux love
Thu Jun 28 2012, 18:07
Google Drive file sharing

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has updated its Google Drive software development kit (SDK), adding mobile app support.

Google's cloud storage service Google Drive was launched earlier this year and seemed to put the kibosh on Dropbox's plans to dominate the cloud storage market. While the firm showed off a Google Drive SDK back in April, the second version exposes all standard file operations, search and file conversion functions.

Mike Procopio, a software engineer on the Google Drive SDK team said the application programming interface (API) provides the industry standard RESTful service architecture and uses the JSON data exchange format. Procopio said authorisation is handled through the OAuth2 protocol.

Perhaps Google's most important announcement regarding the SDK was that it supports Android and IOS applications. Procopio said, "Mobile apps can securely use the Drive API to read and write files directly to Google Drive. Users can also 'Open with' on mobile devices to view or edit content from their phone or tablet just like they do on the web."

Google has also released Javascript code that allows web sites to integrate Google Drive as a means to share files.

While Google is working hard to get app developers to use Google Drive, it still hasn't released a Linux client. Perhaps now that will be left to third party developers using Google Drive APIs. µ


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