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Google Drive received a substantial bump to version 2.0 today, bring it up from version to The new app doesn't seem to have many user-facing changes outside a single big one we noticed, in the form of a brand-new UI in the file details view. Take a look below.

What's new?

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This new interface is substantially more modern, completely ditching the top bar in favor of a blown-up document preview and a grid of buttons that make performing tasks with your files much easier. Sharing, sharing a link, starring, moving, sending, downloading, and renaming are all now directly at your fingertips. Hit the overflow, and options for deleting or printing are also in there. Under the access menu, you can directly toggle link sharing on and off (with a nifty animation, to boot), and add new people to the access list.

There's also a new header for tracking activity on a document, which is definitely a nice thing to have. Basically, this was just a rather stale part of the Drive UI, and it's getting a big cleanup today. Perhaps related to the 2.0 jump, we also saw some announcements regarding the now parsed-out Docs, Sheets, and [new] Slides apps at the I/O keynote.


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  • Kévin Cocchi

    It's not directly related to Drive, but to Sheets, Slides and Docs.
    The help menu is now in-app instead of linking to a web page like you planned few days ago.

    [EDIT] Screenshots :


  • gokh

    Why do Google keep updating "old" app instead of working tout cet "new" ones sooner?

  • abqnm

    Link sharing with permissions! Finally! I have always hated having to use the desktop site to share with a link rather than selecting specific people.

    • Jonathan Seymour


  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    No one noticed the new animations when clicking on a folder and going back?

    • miri

      As far as I can tell there's nothing remarkable about it.

  • alexio92

    [OT] The new Settings app from Android L with a lot of color 😍:

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      These are actually not bad, starting to grow on me One thing that's not though is the nav bar, looks too similar to my Playstation controller. Hope for the sake of everyone these are actually placeholders.

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    • http://si97.com/ Saif

      Very inconsistent though.

  • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

    Just realized the new #POLOYOLO UI for the settings looks like Google Stars, including the ugly generic folder icon that pops up if you don't have a thumbnail handy...

  • Taco Monster

    The best part of this is that you can share files by link from the mobile app. Earlier you had to use the web interface to accomplish this.

  • grunge

    I installed it but i have not got the latest UI but when i check the version it's showing right. Version 2 only but still having the old UI. Please help. Thanks

    • Rama Raju Vegesna

      same here

      • Ugo Possenti

        So do I