Launched in April, Google Drive was initially available as web and Android apps. Two months later, iDevice owners were provided a native app, and one that lacked a lot of functionality. Today, Google Drive for iOS finally includes a reasonable set of document creation, editing, and management tools.
One of the first things you’ll notice in Drive v1.1 is the ability create documents and folders, plus upload images and videos. Just tap on the “+” button near the top-right of the screen and select the desired command. As a reminder, new items and uploads will be placed in the directory you were currently viewing, which brings us tot he next useful feature addition.
Along with creating new documents and folders, the latest version of Drive allows document file moving. To share, rename, move, or delete a file, tap on the details arrow to the right of the file name and then tap the action button in the top-right. The process seems a little tedious, although, it’s better than not having the options at all.
Astonishingly, Google has even decided to go beyond the necessities, adding document editing to the iOS app with live syncing for painless and speedy collaboration on projects. Offering similar functionality to Google Docs, Drive document editing mode consists of font style, font color, background color, and alignment choices with edits. In addition, Google presentations now support animations, speaker notes, and effortless slide navigation.
If you’re new to Google Drive, feel free to check out our quick comparison of the top cloud storage services before using the app. Google Drive is a universal app compatible with iOS 5.0 or later, and available in the App Store as a free download.