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Google Drive for Android Review

Date Added: November 17, 2012 06:16:17 AM
Author: admin
Category: Internet

Google Docs App for Android is now Google Drive, rebranding the existing app into a cloud storage service. In addition to accessing your Google documents and syncing them up with the cloud, the new app allows you to upload and share files of any type using your Google Drive.

The user interface is similar to the Web experience for Google Docs and has all the functionality of the Google Docs Android app.  The app opens to a dashboard with the options Drive, Recent, Shared with Me and Offline.  Tapping on Drive opens up a list of all the files on your Google Drive. Using the icon at the top of the screen, you can create a file or upload any type of file to your Google Drive. You can create and edit only documents and spreadsheets using the app. The file editing tools are basic, just like on Google Apps. Presentations and images can only be viewed but not edited within the app.  All the files you upload or edit from your app are automatically synced with the cloud, so that you can access them from a device or computer anywhere. Against each file on your drive is an icon with the options to Rename, Share, Email or Offline. The Share and Email options allow you to share any file on your drive with collaborators or send the file by email. Offline makes the files available offline, so that you can access them on your phone even when you don’t have an internet connection.  

Google Drive offers 5 GB of space free to store your data on the cloud. Additional storage up to 16TB is available on a tiered pricing plan. The first few tiers are 25GB for $2.49 per month, 100GB for $4.99 per month and 1TB for $49.99 per month.

As of now, the app has only limited functionality to organize your files into collections – it does not allow you to create new collections or move files between collections. You cannot provide a download link to your file either, as you can with other cloud storage service providers. Privacy concerns have been a major controversy since Google Drive launched, as the Terms of Use, though explicitly stating that you own your content on Google Drive, also assert Google’s license to use the content in various ways. This is different from several other cloud providers like Dropbox and Microsoft, who state that the only “use” that will be made of user content is to host it on their servers.

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