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According to the official Drive Google+ page, the Android client for Google's cloud-based file and document manager will be receiving an update "over the next few days" adding new, richer editing features, as well as a few smaller feature tweaks. It looks like a lot of these features have already been available on the version of Drive that shipped with KitKat (1.2.403.9), though the one rolling out today is even newer.

What's New?

Google specifically mentions search - a big must-have that the mobile app has been lacking - as well as search and replace, inserting / managing tables, and named styles as some of the new editing tools that will be included in the new version of the app.

In addition, there are a few slightly less noteworthy changes to look out for. You can now rename your scans before they get uploaded to Drive, view your files in a two-column layout on your tablet, and sort your files by quota used.

Something we also noticed that wasn't mentioned by the announcement is the used/total quota in the slide-out navigation.

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If you're not into the whole "waiting" thing, though, we've got you covered with the APK download of the new version (1.2.461.14), which you can grab below.

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.apps.docs-1.2.461.14.apk.

Version: 1.2.461.14 (for Android 2.3+).

MD5: 93f17b25e042d7991da1be73add3764e.

Source: Google+.

Thanks for the APK, Arpit Patel!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • TheLastAngel

    Now we got two Galleries and two document editors.

    Hell, why not?

    • WarRaven

      Goes with our two SMS apps, launchers, though you can only use one of those at a time unlike these.

      • Kcls

        2 SMS apps?

        • Peter Oliver

          Messages and Hangouts

          • Kcls

            Only on past phones. Future phones will only come with Hangouts. N5 only has hangouts. N4 has both.

  • Cory_S

    Odd..when I try to open it I get the choice of doing it with either Nest or Nova Launcher..Nest does nothing, Nova tries to wipe settings as if it was a backup. Strange.

  • Walkop

    Holy 1070.00GB of Drive space batman!

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      That Chromebook Pixel free storage

      • Walkop

        My thoughts exactly.

  • Simon Belmont

    Whoa, 130 GB out 1070 GB? That's a lot of space.

    Space is good. I like space.

  • Mike

    I'm not seeing this two column tablet layout.

  • jaduncan

    STILL CANNOT INSERT A FOOTNOTE. It's good that Google don't have a lot of educational accounts or something, or that might look like an idiotic oversight.

    • Dan

      LMAO @ "Google don't have a lot of educational accounts"
      I guess that means you "doesn't" have a lot of educational accounts either.

      • jaduncan

        Two nations, separated by a similar language. It's correct in British English.

        • Ryan Stewart

          How are you separated by a similarity?

          • jaduncan

            It was a reference to the following quote: "The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language."
            George Bernard Shaw, widely attributed beginning in the 1940s, e.g. Reader’s Digest (November 1942).

          • Ryan Stewart

            I thought the original quote was "divided by a common language" and contextually it was to say that we argue over it (regarding the divided word) and not that its an actual physical or logical barrier.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    Does this update also finally add the ability to set permissions on the file to "anyone with a link"? That's a serious feature that's lacking in the app, IMO.

  • http://bestcalgarydrivingschool.com/ Derek Brown

    loving the update

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