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Google Drive's redesigned Material You widget sure does look weird

Google Drive's redesigned Material You widget sure does look weird

Part of Google's Material You design philosophy is a renewed focus on widgets, revitalizing a stale look that has plagued the platform for years. Some of those widgets sport some odd designs, but they still fit into Android 12's overall appearance pretty well. We didn't expect Google Drive to be one of the apps to get a brand-new interactive tool, but that's exactly what's happened with the app's latest update — and it's sporting a pretty unique look as well.

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Google Drive finally lets you save any file type offline in your browser

Google Drive finally lets you save any file type offline in your browser

Google made it possible to save any file type offline in Drive's web client way back in 2019. However, it's been limited to G Suite users for over two years as it languished in beta hell. Starting today, it's officially a feature anyone can use with their backed-up content.

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Let Google finish your sentences when commenting on Slides and Sheets

Let Google finish your sentences when commenting on Slides and Sheets

Smart Compose is pretty wild. The feature routinely manages to accurately predict words when writing in Docs or Gmail, and now, the predictive algorithm is making its way into your comments on Sheets, Slides, and Drawings.

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Google Drive adds audio playback speed and notification controls for Android

Google Drive adds audio playback speed and notification controls for Android

Google Drive is a fantastic way to manage and share content in the cloud, but it's not perfect for every file type. If you're constantly exchanging meeting transcripts and other audio recordings, you know how poor a media player Drive can be. With its most recent update, Google is making it easier to control your recordings with a couple of new tools.

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Google Drive's much-anticipated desktop reboot is on schedule for this fall

Google Drive's much-anticipated desktop reboot is on schedule for this fall

It's been a few months since Google declared the upcoming death of its Backup and Sync client for Drive, a move generally seen by users everywhere as "a relief." At the time, a new app was announced, combining the best of the consumer and enterprise-level desktop services into one platform. The first signs of that fresh service are starting to arrive, though not everyone can gain access just yet.

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Google is jazzing up your shared Drive folders and shortcuts with a splash of color

Google is jazzing up your shared Drive folders and shortcuts with a splash of color

Google Drive's collaboration tools are second to none for document editing, especially since Docs, Sheets, and Slides are all available for free (mostly). Keeping track of files and folders can be tricky, especially since customization options are far more limited outside of personal content. With Drive's latest update, categorizing your shared content correctly just got a whole lot easier.

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Google's Area 120 made a slick document scanner app

Google's Area 120 made a slick document scanner app

Area 120 is a Google team that focuses on small, experimental applications. Its latest release is its most practical yet: Stack, a document scanner and organizer that automatically grabs details via optical character recognition. It's available in the Play Store now, though it might not be accessible from all regions.

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Google's Action Blocks update lets you move your Assistant widgets between phones

Google's Action Blocks update lets you move your Assistant widgets between phones

Action Blocks is a small, interesting tool to help build some manual controls for Google Assistant functions. If you've been making heavy use of it for the last few months, we have good news: your created actions and other data now back up to Google Drive, along with the other data on your phone. The change was announced in the latest app update, and appears to be active now.

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Google adds an Office editing shortcut for Gmail attachments

Google adds an Office editing shortcut for Gmail attachments

Google's office suite has been able to work with Microsoft Office files for a while now, but the company has recently focused on improving the experience. Last month, it started making editing more accessible for Office files stored in Drive, and now it's announcing new features that create even more synergy between Gmail, Drive, and Office files.

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Get the new Google Drive icon on your phone right now (APK download)

Get the new Google Drive icon on your phone right now (APK download)

Not too long ago, Google announced that it would roll out redesigned icons for its core productivity tools like Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Meet, and Drive. It turns out that the latter is the service to make the transition first, as the company has just started rolling out a Drive app update complete with the new icon. We've got it available for download over at APK Mirror.

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