In the constant effort to make the Drive app better, Google just pushed an update that brings "performance improvements across the whole app," as well as support for video streaming on Honeycomb or higher, pinch to zoom in the presentation viewer, and overall bug fixes.


This marks the first update Drive has seen since mid-December, when the app got a small speed-boost, along with some general bug fixes. Woo.

Of course, built-in streaming video is a pretty major update for the app – after all, Dropbox has had the feature for several months now. The update should be live in the Play Store now – if you're not seeing it just yet, check the mobile Store, you should be able to pull it right away.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Chris Seward

    It would be nice if they also added the ability to download files to your phone from drive... Checking offline doesn't cut it when you want to copy a file to a certain directory on your phone...

    • Ryuuie

      When you set a file to be available offline, it IS on your phone. It's just hidden deep in Android > google.docs-something. (I haven't set a file as offline in months so I forgot).

      It's there in one of those folder titled in gibberish as a file named in gibberish. Basically, it's hidden so only Drive can open it. But, as I found out last night, you can share a file just like you can other files from e-mail to MMS to Snapseed to Tumblr, etc.

      • Chris Seward

        Yeah I was aware of that, it's just needlessly complicated. I would like to be able to easily transfer things directly to a folder on my phone, without having to go into a file manager and moving it. The share function helps, but there are a lot of situations where I'd like to be able to place files directly, like copying pictures into my camera folder, or copying titanium backup files from my phone to my tablet, etc.

    • David Z

      One possible solution I believe is to use a file explorer (off the top of my head Solid Explorer can do this) that can let you browse your files from cloud accounts from within the browser. Then all you have to do is copy and paste the files you want to anywhere.

      I've only tried this with dropbox and it works great. Haven't tried it with google drive yet but I figure it should be the same.

    • AK

      It does save the file to your device, it's just hidden. It saves somewhere in Android/data/com.google.android.apps.docs

  • http://twitter.com/ianflo Original Eva

    Ridiculous that it still doesnt have the left side navigation menu for your root folders.

  • Omar Sa’d

    Stupid that it doesn't allow auto camera upload like dropbox

    • http://www.craigtumblison.com/ Craig Tumblison

      Google Drive doesn't, but that's because Google+ does. At some point I expect we'll see better integration in regards to how Google+, Picasa and Drive handle photos.

      • fixxmyhead

        yea but what about your naughty pixs that u dont want to upload to google+

        • http://www.craigtumblison.com/ Craig Tumblison

          The auto-upload setting can be disabled anytime, so that really shouldn't be an issue (disable, take photo, upload photo, re-enable). The photos that are auto-uploaded are also set to private by default. If you trust your data to Google Drive, you should have no problem trusting data to Google+.

          • fixxmyhead

            i take alot of my girl and thats too much of a hassle. i just use dropbox cuz it doesnt share it with anything else

          • http://www.craigtumblison.com/ Craig Tumblison

            By all means, use whichever service best suits your workflow. I was simply pointing out that in the Google ecosystem, Drive isn't the tool that provides this feature, Google+ is :)

          • Mario

            come on man. sharing is caring.

          • fixxmyhead

            actually i do share and i dont mind but i dont think i can post the links on here since u know

        • http://www.facebook.com/ShitizGarg Shitiz Garg

          They're not automatically shared. It's the same

          • http://www.facebook.com/wally.bishop.92 Wally Bishop

            From my experience, it doesn't matter with G+. I received some "naughty pics" on my phone that was auto-uploaded to G+ and never shared, but once I logged on via my desktop I saw that Google deleted them because they violated TOS. IIRC, Skydrive has this same rule, but I have yet to see them enforce it on pics I've received compared to G+.

            I've been primarily using Dropbox ever since when it comes to camera uploads.

  • haftom

    your are the best

  • Nick Schiwy

    And with that, Google Drive has a new user

  • jalal

    I want view all my pictures online like Dropbox ^_^

  • http://www.facebook.com/wally.bishop.92 Wally Bishop

    I wish it would stream more video formats, but this was a long needed start.

  • Paul_Werner

    No disrespect to Cameron but I think it's time for another Ron breakdown of a Google apk. I would like to know if there was anything not noted in this update or something added for a future possible update


  • skizzabadoo

    When can I get side swiping navigation through pictures?

  • GeekyBiker

    Can I watch more than 15 min of the video?

  • Anon

    Ridiculous that you still can't save to SD card like Dropbox. Uploading seems inconsistent, sometimes have to repeat.. I don't like the interface much either.