Looks like another big "Update Wednesday" for Google, starting with the Drive app. Today's update brings just a couple of small-ish changes... unless, like the rest of the internet, you have an obsession with animated GIFs. Or you scan a lot of documents. Or both.

What's New

  • New 1x1 widget for faster document scanning
  • Support for animated GIFs
  • Bug fixes

It's worth noting that the widget doesn't actually show up under the widgets menu on launchers like Nova, but rather under the "shortcuts" option.

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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-1.2.536.27.apk

Version: 1.2.536.27

MD5: f9a2f29b3721a5de5f57d7f726a4042a

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  • Phillip Burns

    Not sure if the Scans widget is useful, but Animated GIFs are always welcome! Thanks Google!

  • David Fleck

    With the explosion in popularity of animated gifs, I am happy to see that Google is fully embracing the trend. More than I can say for some other social networks.

    • Phillip Burns

      I have to ask, how is Google Drive a "Social Network"? Its a cloud storage service, that is tied in closely with other Google Services. Please enlighten me.

      • David Fleck

        Google Drive isn't a social network. I was making the statement in a more general aspect regarding Google's overall support for animated gifs as compared to someone like Facebook.

        • Phillip Burns

          OK. Your comment didn't read that way. I see what you're trying to say now.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    No 6x4 widget for quick file browsing still...

    • Phillip Burns

      Don't think that'll ever come.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Yeah, probably, but it would be handy. Especially if you could resize it like Bookmarks widget for Chrome

        • Phillip Burns

          I would die! That would be so useful.

  • Spasillium

    Coming from a complete wipe of my phone with this version installed, I noticed that the intro menu is totally different now.

    Before, you had the option of either skipping the intro by tapping "Go to Drive" or swiping left to read and view what Drive is.

    Now the intro menu is in the form of swiping up.






    • Brendan

      That's actually really nice and intuitive. I like it, Google!

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Question - now that Drive has a scan widget, how does it compare to the app CamScanner? Any reason I should still keep CamScanner on my phone or can I uninstall that?

    • Simon Belmont

      Google Drive actually had the scanning ability for a while. At least since a couple versions ago (today's update just adds a quick shortcut to scanning via a widget).

      As for the comparison to the app you've mentioned, I can't comment on that. Sorry.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        I had actually uninstalled Drive earlier, as I was accessing files from it via Solid Explorer. So didn't know when drive added scanning. Now, if it is better than CamScanner, I would remove that app and keep Drive instead.

        • Simon Belmont

          Give it a try. I've been pretty happy with the document scanner in Google Drive. ;)

          It fits my needs and it's easy to use. Test it out and see for yourself. :)

    • César Augusto Ramírez Franco

      I've used both for simple document scanning, and I've found that the documents are better enhanced in CamScanner, while on GDrive scans are like a simple picture

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Thanks for the reply. CamScanner is one of those apps that I have on my device, hoping/expecting that someday I might need to scan a physical document into digital. But that hasn't come in last 2 years. :P But looks like it is still going to stay.

  • TJG

    i dont even any of you here have this problem but every time i launch drive and youtube, it stutters a bit and then open and im on my precious N5! and of course this new update didnt solve that issue either ugh it's so annoying

  • Bart van Daalen

    When i do a scan in google drive i get the message 'upload failed'. Any ideas?