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You can now insert Google Drive videos in Google Slides on the web

When you're creating a Google Slides presentation, you can insert videos from YouTube, but what if the video you want to add isn't published there or you want to add a more personal movie? In the next few days, the option to add videos stored on your Google Drive will be rolling out to users.

Adding Drive videos will only be possible from the web version of Slides, but viewing them is available on both web and mobile. If you've shared your presentation, other users who don't have permission to view a video will have the option to request access.

After adding a video from Drive to your slide, right-click on it and go to Video Options to specify the time of the video you want playback to start and end at, enable autoplay during a presentation, and toggle audio on and off.

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The previously announced Google Play billing for Drive storage is already live for some

Google announced a couple weeks ago that billing for Google Drive would move over to the Play Store subscription system. At the time it said this would happen sometime in January, but it looks like it's already live for some people. Time to check your Google Play account page.

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Nice: Google Drive adds annual billing - with discounts - for 100GB and 1TB plans

Long have many of us waited for Google to add an annual billing option to Google Drive, and probably mostly because we hoped it would come with a discount. It appears today is the day: Google Drive now has options for yearly subscriptions, saving you 16-17% versus the current monthly scheme. The annual plans are offered only at the 100GB and 1TB tiers, at $19.99 and $99.99, respectively. The 1TB annual plan brings Google Drive back into line with pricing for Dropbox Pro, Drive's main competitor. Google's support page hasn't even been updated with this info yet, so it looks like we managed to catch this right as Google flipped the switch.

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PSA: Gmail can now preview Docs, Sheets, and Slides even if the corresponding app isn't installed

One thing I have often found annoying was how Google Drive could at least preview Docs, Sheets, and Slides, even if the corresponding app wasn't installed, but Gmail couldn't. Gmail used to try routing these links to the different apps if they were installed, but in case they weren't, it would open the file in the browser.

That's changed in the latest versions of Gmail. I tested it on v 6.11.6.14 and compared with v 6.9.25.13 on another device. Both devices only have the Google Drive installed and none of its subsidiaries. When I tapped on an attached or linked Docs file on the older version, it opened it in Chrome and showed a pop-up to remind me to download the Docs app (left screenshot below).

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Google makes it easier to switch from iOS to Android with Google Drive backup tool

Apple has a switch tool in the Play Store that helps Android people switch to iOS. It's unlikely Google would get such an app approved by the Apple bots in the App Store. However, it's done a bit of an end-run around that with an update to the Drive app. You can now back up your iPhone data to Drive, then restore it all on Android.

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[Update: Available on Android] Google Drive Backups tab starts showing up, gives you a glimpse into your device and app backups

Android developers have been able to use Google Drive to back up and restore app and game data for their users for a couple of years now. Android devices too have been able to back up some data like installed apps, device settings, call history, and more to Google Drive and restore it to the same device after a hard reset or to a new one when you switch over.

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Drive app update ends support for ICS, adds in-app storage upgrades, and more

There's a new version of Drive rolling out, and it's the last one for users of ICS. It's been a good run, but it may be time to give your Android 4.0 device the boot now that there will be no further Drive app updates. I mean, there were dozens of reasons to do that before, but surely this is the final straw. In addition to ending support for ICS, you'll be able to give Google money for more storage from the app and never miss a document comment again.

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Google Drive on the web gets UI tweaks, better file downloads, and more

Google is making some much-needed improvements to Drive today, but not the app. We're talking about the web interface. Even if you're primarily using Drive on Android, you'll end up visiting in the browser on occasion. When you do, you'll see a refined UI and much better file downloads.

Here's what Google says is coming in the update.

  • You can now compress and download Drive items into multiple 2GB zip files. Files have an improved name structure, for example: drive-download-20160516T125832Z.zip for the first file and drive-download-20160516T125832Z-2.zip for subsequent archives.
  • Better Google Forms handling.
  • Empty folders are now included in the zip.
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[Update: Fixed] Google Drive is down for many today, Google is working on it

How's your morning been? If you rely on Google Drive, maybe not so good. Google Drive is experiencing a widespread outage today, preventing access to files and documents. Google is working on the issue and expects to have more news later this afternoon.

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Evernote And Google Drive Learn How To Play Along

Evernote and Google Drive aren't exactly competing services, but they're similar. Both are places you go to vomit out notes and other documents worth remembering. Now the two are working together.

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