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Google updates Drive for Android and IOS

Apps get new features
Tue Sep 11 2012, 10:30
Google Drive Android app

MOBILE SOFTWARE HOUSE Google has updated its Drive apps to give Android and IOS users the ability to edit documents.

New features aim to give Google's cloud storage service a leg up on its growing competition.

"Starting today, if you're using the Drive app on your IOS device you can also edit Google documents, just as you can with the Android app," Google senior product manager Anil Sabharwal wrote on the Drive blog.

"From your Iphone or Ipad, you can create a new document, edit an existing one or format text. And, just like on your computer, you'll be able to see other people's edits instantly as they're made."

Added to the features is iOS app'sthe ability to check out speaker notes and swipe between slides for Google presentations. Ipad users will also appreciate the added ability to put presentations into full-screen mode.

IOS users are not the only ones joining in on the update fun. Android app users can look forward to the same presentation features included in the IOS update. Droid fans will also get to enjoy the added ability to check out tables in Google documents using the Drive app.

Google promises more features to come. The search giant says to expect native editing and real-time collaboration for Google spreadsheets on both apps in the near future.

Drive's app updates come following a recent announcement from Microsoft calling for an Android SkyDrive app in the near future. Microsoft's cloud storage service had been relegated to Windows phone and IOS devices since its inception. However, the new Android app would create added competition for Google's cloud.

To see what both Drive and SkyDrive has to offer check out our sister IT news website V3's head-to-head comparison. µ


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