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Google Drive Video
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Google Drive Description
Google Drive is a secure cloud storage service that allows you to backup and access all of your files from any computer. Invite others to access, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or directories in an easy-to-use interface.
You can do the following with Drive:
• Safely store and access your files from any location
• Easily access recent and relevant files
• Search for files by name and content
• Share and set permissions for files and directories
• View your content when offline
• Receive updates regarding important file operation
More information about the Google Apps update policy is available at https://support.google.com/a/answer/6288871.
Google accounts include 15GB of complimentary storage, which is shared through Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Upgrade to a paid subscription plan as an in-app purchase to add extra storage. Subscriptions in the United States begin at $1.99 per month for 100 GB and can differ by country.
Now that we are all living in the future (with all of its wonderful and terrifying consequences), there is no excuse why being away from your computer automatically means being away from your most critical files. You never have to be without Google Drive. Numerous Android apps provide cloud-based file syncing and storage, but Google Drive’s distinguishing feature is its close integration with the Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Photos apps. As these capabilities merge, Google Drive transforms into a platform for teamwork and efficiency, winning it a coveted five-star rating and an Editors’ Choice award.
However, the majority of files you generate or upload via other Google services do not count against your Google Drive storage cap. None of the files in your Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides account contribute to your cap. Neither do photos uploaded from Google Photos, provided you agree to upload images of slightly lower quality; high-quality images count against your Drive limit. Having said that, you share your Google Drive space with Gmail, and all of your messages and attachments—including those in your Spam and Trash folders—count against your storage cap.
Google Drive Internally
I won’t go into depth about Google Drive (for that, see my colleague Jill Duffy’s excellent review). Rather than that, I’ll concentrate on how Drive performs on Android devices.
Drive via Google (for Android)
Google Drive’s material design is stunning and the software responds quickly on the Nexus 5 ($599.00 at Amazon) that I used for testing. A big red plus button allows you to create a new document in Docs, Sheets, or Slides (if you have those apps installed), upload a file, create a folder, or Scan. This final choice enables you to generate a multipage PDF using the camera on your computer.
Tapping the so-called hamburger menu in the upper left-hand corner activates a hidden tray that provides quick access to your drive’s file system, shared documents and directories, and so on. Additionally, this tray enables seamless switching between Drives associated with various Google accounts. It’s extremely convenient, because it allows you to easily access both work and personal data.
The file view can be sorted according to the date it was last edited, the date it was last accessed, the file size, and other parameters. All of your files and directories can be tapped and dragged in the same way as they are on a desktop computer. However, I’m not a fan of the file view; I’d rather dig for what I’m searching for. Unsurprisingly, Google Docs has a robust search engine. Drive uses Optical Character Recognition to attempt to match your search term against file names, contents, and even text embedded in images.
You can tap on any file or folder in the file view to obtain additional information about it. You can share it with other Google users, create a shareable connection, move it to a different folder on your drive, and view recent activity from this location. Regrettably, you are unable to comment on files in the same way as you would in Dropbox on the Web. However, you can allow offline access for selected files. This enables you to access your Drive files even when the Internet is unavailable, with adjustments automatically synced when you reconnect.
Please keep in mind that if you use Google Apps, you will not be able to enter offline mode without the permission of your system administrator.
Together, we are stronger
Google Drive is an excellent tool in and of itself. It’s a straightforward storage solution that keeps all your files within easy reach, regardless of where you are. However, numerous providers will make the assertion. What differentiates Google Drive is the seamless integration of Drive with Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Photos. The only disadvantage is that in order to fully use Drive’s capabilities on Android, you must also have the Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Photos apps enabled. For instance, without installing Docs, Sheets, or Slides, you would be unable to build or edit those files on your Android device. Fortunately, you can still access those files in Drive or even have the Drive app open them on the Web using the Drive app.
However, with Google Docs enabled, you’ll be able to edit all of your Docs files in a mobile-friendly environment, even when you’re not connected to the Internet (provided you mark it for offline editing). Docs’ mobile app also provides a condensed but useful version of its powerful track-changes feature.