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Chrome omnibox will show Drive file suggestions for G Suite users (and I'm jealous)

One of the little annoyances of my online life is the inability to quickly launch Google Drive files by just typing their name in the Chrome omnibox. I always start doing that then remember that this is reliant on my browsing history and bookmarks, so I go to Drive instead, find the file, and bookmark it if I think I'll need frequent access to it. Turns out things are a little easier for G Suite users, and they're about to become even better. Color me jealous.

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[Update: APK Download] Google Drive app Material Theme refresh starts rolling out March 18

Google has been slowly but surely updating its apps to reflect the new Material Theming conventions, scorching many a retina in the process. The Google Drive app was already predominantly white, so the upcoming Drive revamp won't murder your eyes any worse. It will, however, add features like bottom navigation, an expanded search bar, and a new account switcher.

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Google Drive's AI-driven Priority page is rolling out to G Suite accounts

Google Drive is the place to save your files and collaborate on them. If you're anything like me, however, your data will clutter until the place looks like it's been hit by a bomb. Luckily, Google knows us and is adding a Priority page to Drive that will show you the documents it thinks are the most relevant to you right now.

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Android Q fixes major oversight in cloud backup implementation

You're no dummy — you know just how fragile this digital life you've built can be — and so you take all manner of steps to protect yourself, using strong passwords, keeping on top of the latest software updates, and making backups of all your important data. And when it comes to Android, that's meant taking advantage of the system's native ability to save settings, apps, and personal info to Google Drive, ready to be restored when you need it. While that's been working just fine, it's taken until this week's release of Android Q Beta 1 to correct one glaring oversight, giving backup a new icon design that finally makes sense.

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Chromebooks pick up offline Google Drive folder support in Beta Channel and later

In what will surely be a boon to Chromebook-related productivity, you can now make individual folders and files in your Google Drive available offline on Chrome OS, but only on V73 and later. That's Beta Channel and forward, at the time of writing.

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Google Drive and Docs on the web add support for Burmese and Welsh

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G Suite updates: Embeddable Google Drawings in Docs and more colorful graphs in Sheets

In an announcement that would have seemed at home in the year 1990, Google has announced that you can make a design element in your Sheets chart a unique color. For instance, in a bar graph where all the bars are blue, you can make one red (see above). Before you rush to your personal computing machine to try out that innovative new feature, though, note that there's another G Suite update coming as well. You can now embed a Google Drawings file into a Doc, and easily update the content of the linked drawing if and/or when it changes.

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Google will prioritize fixing Drive's spam issues

Google Drive is a powerful cloud service for storing files and creating documents. It even has a robust sharing system in place to help you collaborate with friends and colleagues. However, that sharing functionality is a bit too... permissive. It's easy to spam people with shared files and folders, and there's no way you can completely remove them from your account. Now, Google says it's aware of the issue and will implement a fix.

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Tip: Google Drive tells you if backed up photos and videos are using your storage quota [Update: Never mind!]

Google Photos makes it easy to back up every photo and video you capture on your phone, but some of those files might eat into your Google storage allowance. You can let Google compress files or get a Pixel if you want unlimited storage, but it can be hard to keep track of all those files. If you want to know which files are taking up your space, Google Drive has the answer (both the app and website).

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[Update: Google One India launching now, free 300 INR Play credit] Google One coming to India in the next few weeks

Google One will soon land in India, meaning that users there will have access to the revamped cloud storage experience that works across Google's services like Gmail and Photos. There is a price option to suit anyone's needs, whether that be some extra space to store pictures or a couple of terabytes to keep everything backed up.

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