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Google Drive For Android Now Has Tap To Edit Feature

March 21, 2016 - Written By Daniel Fuller

Google Drive is a productivity and file storage tool that allows users to keep their files handy in the cloud, as well as share them with others for collaboration. Whether on desktop or mobile, users are able to keep on top of their files, view notes and changes from others and even add new files to a given folder or delete them, making it an effective backup tool. The mobile app has received a number of updates to bring its design and function up to par with the desktop version, with each update usually bringing a few more options, aside from the occasional overhaul. The newest update to the app, being pushed out right now for the Android version, brings a couple of small, but welcome changes with it.

For starters, the newest version of the app has a quick editing feature. In previous versions of the app, you either had to integrate Drive with the proper Google app to edit things like documents and spreadsheets, or you had to download the file to your device, edit it and reupload it. Some types of files had to use the latter approach, since their editing tools couldn’t be integrated with the Drive app. In the new update, you can simply tap the edit button in the bottom right corner while looking over the preview of an app to be presented with a dialogue asking you which editing tool you want to use, if more than one is present. From there, simply make your edits and they’ll be saved to Drive automatically, as if you’re making the edits on your device. The second new feature is reverse sorting. Quite simply, a tap of the reverse sort option will flip whatever order you currently have your files sorted in.

The update is rolling out to Android users right now and is expected to hit over the course of 1 to 3 days. If you’d like to take advantage of the new features, keep an eye on the Play Store and your status bar, for now. Unfortunately, the release from Google’s app update team didn’t mention anything about an update for the app on other platforms. Check out the source link for the full release from Google.