Google cuts prices for Drive storage, putting pressure on Dropbox and others

By Cody Lee on Mar 13, 2014

Google announced some drastic price cuts for its Drive cloud storage today, dropping its 100GB plan down to just $1.99 per month. The service now significantly undercuts rivals like Dropbox, which charges $10 per month for 100GB, and iCloud, which doesn’t even offer a 100GB option.

To be fair, Google’s Drive pricing was already lower than Dropbox, with a 100GB plan costing $4.99 per month vs. $9.99. But that extra $3 per-month savings equates out to $36 per year, making it even more attractive. Don’t mind paying $9.99 monthly? Drive now offers 1TB at that price… Read More

 

VLC’s iOS 7 makeover: now with Google Drive integration, Dropbox streaming and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2014

The popular cross-platform desktop media player, VLC by VideoLan, has finally received its iOS 7 makeover in Monday’s version 2.2 update. Launching later today in the App Store, VLC for iOS 2.2 includes a number of new features and refinements, and a long list of bug fixes.

Perhaps most notably, you can now stream media stored in your Google Drive and Dropbox. As you’d expect from any iOS 7 app refresh, there are some new multitouch gestures for easier navigation.

VLC has always had a very robust support for non-iOS friendly audio and video file types and today’s update is no exception: matter of fact, VLC 2.2 expands on that with support for some new streaming formats and protocols… Read More

 

Google Drive for iOS finally gains file-sorting and find and replace features

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2013

The search monster Google today updated its free Drive for iPhone and iPad app with the much-needed ability to sort your cloud files according to several built-in criteria. The highly requested feature finally makes it easy to access your files by last edited, last modified, title and last opened by you. Additionally, you can also find and replace in documents.

I switched from the native Microsoft Office apps to Google Docs years ago and never looked back. Google’s suite of cloud productivity apps has won me over with its ability to access, edit and share my stuff on any network-enabled computer, right in a web browser, without having to install anything… Read More

 

Google Drive refreshed with multi-accounts, single sign-on and wireless printing

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2013

In terms of feature additions, it’s been a quiet period for the Google Drive iOS app after a major visual makeover two months ago brought the software in line with its Android counterpart. But the team hasn’t been standing still. In a small but sweet update Thursday, the app has finally gained a much requested new feature – support for multiple Google Accounts – as well as the ability to print your documents wirelessly via either Apple’s AirPrint or Google’s Cloud Print protocol.

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Redesigned Google Drive app brings card-style thumbnail layout from Android

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2013

With just five days left until Apple’s big iOS 7/iPhone 5S/5C big reveal next Tuesday, a bunch of iOS 7 focused updates have begun trickling in. Some of the most popular apps from both Apple and well-known brands like PayPal are now being refreshed with a matching flat iOS 7 look and feel, including major games such as Electronic Arts’ Real Racing 3.

You can now add Google’s Drive app for the iPhone and iPad to your iOS 7 compatibility list. You’ll immediately notice a drastically redesigned interface that behaves much like its Android counterpart, without looking out of place on iOS 7.

Along with a few other enhancements, you’re going to absolutely love the card-style thumbnail layout from Android as it makes it dead easy and fun to browse and preview your files – and it looks even more gorgeous on the iPad.

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FindIt: a simple iPhone app for searching Gmail, Dropbox and more

By Cody Lee on Jul 29, 2013

Folks with Gmail, Dropbox and/or Google Drive accounts will be happy to hear that there is a new app available that allows you to search through them with a single tap. It’s called FindIt, and it can locate emails and files for you on all three services.

Need to pull up an old email? No problem. Just type in the name of the person who sent it to you, or part of its subject line, and FindIt will track it down. And the same goes with media and other file types. Think Spotlight search for your cloud apps… Read More

 

Google Drive iOS app can now open links in Chrome or Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2013

Google is building a nice little ecosystem around Apple’s iOS by feverishly updating its iPhone and iPad warez with deep cross-app integration. For example, earlier this month the Internet giant refreshed its Chrome iOS browser with the ability to open URLs for YouTube, Maps, Google+ and Drive in Google’s native iOS apps instead of the browser.

Notably absent from that update: the Google Drive client for the iPhone and iPad. Well, Google saw to that with today’s Drive iOS release which can now open links in Google’s Chrome or Apple’s Safari browser. Google Drive version 1.5 also adds support for inserting rows and columns using the “+” button in Google Sheets… Read More

 

Google Drive iOS app gains commenting and swipeable galleries

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2013

If you use Google Drive to keep your files safely backed up in the Google cloud, pay attention as the Internet giant has just pushed an interesting little update making its iOS client a whole lot more useful for collaborative work than before.

Google Drive for the iPhone and iPad has been bumped up to version 1.4, adding swipeable images while viewing them in full screen, in addition to comments for your Google Docs files.

The first feature lets you swipe through the images stored in your Drive as you would in Apple’s stock iOS Photos app. The latter capability supports viewing, creating, replying to and resolving comments in Google Docs files.

Commenting was previously available via the web interface, but not on mobile devices. The free application is now live on the App Store so go ahead and update it if you haven’t already… Read More

 

Google now gives you 15GB of shared Gmail, Google+ Photos and Drive storage

By Christian Zibreg on May 13, 2013

Hands up who lives in the Google cloud. If you keep your images on Google+ Photos (formerly Picasa Web Albums), manage documents in Google Drive or file messages with large attachments in Gmail, you are tapping the power of Google’s cloud storage. But up until today, each of these relied on their private cloud locker in the sky, which was inconvenient.

This morning, Google has tweaked the offering to include fifteen gigabytes of unified, free storage shared across Gmail, Drive and Google+ Photos. Previously, Google gave you ten gigabytes for Gmail and an additional five gigabytes of combined storage limited to Drive and Google+ Photos.

The change strengthens the Drive brand while simplifying things for consumers, akin to Apple’s iCloud that comes with five free gigabytes of shared cloud storage… Read More

 

Google Drive update adds landscape editing on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2013

Google continues to refine its Drive cloud storage client on Apple’s iOS platform. Just last month, the Internet giant has rolled out support for pinch-to-zoom on slides, QuickOffice integration and, multiple media uploads, to name a few. And previously, the software has added such handy capabilities as native and collaborative editing of both documents and spreadsheets on iOS devices. Monday morning, Google pushed another maintenance update that adds landscape support for document editing on the iPhone and iPod touch, in addition to minor bug fixes and faster performance… Read More

 

Google Drive update brings multiple media uploads, QuickOffice integration

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2013

Five days ago, Google updated Drive for Android with the ability to create, edit, comment and present Google slides in offline mode. Today, the search firm has given some love to its iOS counterpart by adding a few new features you should know about. These include pinch-to-zoom on slides, multiple media uploads, QuickOffice integration and more. Additional information after the break… Read More

 

Google Drive app gains native spreadsheet editing

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 28, 2012

Google’s cloud-storage iOS client has received a nice little update today which brought out useful editing capability to Google spreadsheets. Google Drive version 1.2 arrives a little more than a month after the previous release brought us native Docs support and collaborative editing.

What’s more, the software now finally allows for rich text copy-paste within a document and registers itself as a system-wide handler for uploading to Drive from other apps using the “Open in…” prompt.

The Android client was also refreshed with the ability to edit text within tables in documents and add a shortcut on the homescreen of your device to any specific file in Drive… Read More

 

Google Drive updated with native docs, collaborative editing

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2012

Google today pushed an update to its cloud-storage app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that leaked last week in a prematurely published blog post.

With Google Drive 1.1, you can finally create new documents on your device, move your cloud files between the folders and edit documents on the go.

Native editing doesn’t feel buttery-smooth as in Apple’s Pages app and you cannot paste Camera roll images into your docs, but overall it’s a far less clumsy experience than having to edit your files in the Safari browser… Read More

 

Google Drive iOS app to gain native editing capabilities

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2012

Google earlier today accidentally (or intentionally, perhaps?) published a post meant to accompany an upcoming update to its Drive cloud storage client for iOS and Android devices. The new version, which should go live in just a few days, brings with it the ability to edit documents right inside the app, making the app much more useful, especially to avid Google Docs users who keep their presentations, spreadsheets and documents in the Google cloud.

Previously, there was no way to natively edit your Google documents in-app. You can always edit your documents online via the Safari browser, but that experience is not satisfactory due to sluggishness and the clumsy interface that lacks full capabilities of its desktop counterpart.

The updated iOS client should also let you view Google presentations on the device. Full changelog, courtesy of the Google cache, is right after the break… Read More

 

Hands on with Google Drive [Video]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 28, 2012

A few minutes ago, Google released their official Google Drive app on the App Store. We’ve since then downloaded the app and have put it through its initial paces.

What we found was a first offering that’s lacking a whole lot of what makes other apps like DropBox great. You can easily view your files, but that’s where most of the fun ends.

Sadly, you can’t create new documents, or even upload photos via this initial version of Google Drive. The interface is decent, and the app seems solid from a stability perspective, but there really isn’t a compelling reason to choose it over something like DropBox thus far… Read More

 

Google Drive is now available for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 28, 2012

Google Drive — the Cloud storage solution much in the same vein as Dropbox — will be making its way to iOS today. It joins Google’s Chrome browser as the second Google developed offering to hit the rival iOS platform.

Back in April we covered the official launch of Google Drive, but at the time, the service lacked an iOS app.

All of that should change by the end of the day today, as Google Drive is slated to release some time today. Read More

 

Google Drive launches with 5 GB of free cloud storage space [VIDEO]

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2012

Just as Microsoft took the wraps off of paid storage tiers for its SkyDrive service yesterday, Dropbox updated its iOS and desktop apps with the ability to easily grab a public link for any file or folder on your machine or Dropbox. And now, Google has just beefed up its own cloud storage by launching the brand new Google Drive service, as rumored.

And just as we were processing this news, Google’s official video introduction to Google Drive went live on their YouTube channel… Read More

 

Google to launch new iOS-compatible cloud service next week

By Cody Lee on Apr 16, 2012

You can never accuse Google of not trying. Successful or not, the search company has tried its hand in several markets over the past few years. And it’s not showing any signs of slowing down.

TheNextWeb is reporting today that it has gotten its hands on a draft release from a partner of Google’s upcoming Google Drive service. That’s right. Google’s about to take on DropBox in the cloud-based storage space… Read More