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Google Drive Brings an Inline Progress Bar & Uploads to Android

April 14, 2016 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Google Drive has been  getting some great updates since it launched a few years ago. Before Google Drive it was just simply Google Docs (for those that may remember that). Google Drive allows you to store all of your files, whether they are Google Docs, or some other file type, like pictures, videos, etc. Using the app for Android, you can download and upload files as well edit documents. The update to Google Drive today isn’t a big one, but it is definitely a noticeable one.

In today’s update to Google Drive, Google is bringing over inline file uploads and a progress bar for those uploads. So now when you are uploading files they will appear right there on the main screen of the Drive app. The uploads that are currently uploading will appear at the top. You will see how much is uploaded along with the total file size for these files. The progress bar is in blue, and nothing too special there. On the right of the progress bar is a start/pause button. So you can control when your uploads are uploading. Especially useful if you are on a slow network or are on mobile and don’t want to upload on mobile (even though there is an option in Drive that doesn’t allow uploads on mobile connections, by default).

The update isn’t a big one, but definitely worth updating your app on your phone. The update is available in the Google Play Store right now, and it should be rolling out to everyone’s devices in stages, as you’d expect. Google Drive just keeps getting better and better. For those that have never used Drive, it gives you 15GB of storage (5GB for Drive, 5GB for Photos, 5GB for Gmail but they can be used interchangeably). That storage is completely free, and Drive also gives you the best pricing on additional storage. With 100GB starting at $1.99 per month and then 1TB at $9.99/month. Not a bad deal at all, considering all of the items you can store in Google Drive. The update to Drive should be rolling out imminently, according to Google’s blog post.

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