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Google Drive for Android and iOS Improves Search and Sharing

Google Drive for Android and iOS Improves Search and Sharing
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Does your small business rely on Google Drive to stay productive? Now, it's even easier to store, access and share files on the go from your mobile device.

Google has updated the Google Drive app for Android and iOS, adding improved search, upload and file-sharing capabilities to make the most out of the cloud storage and collaboration platform.

Here's what the Google Drive Android and iOS update has to offer and how it can help your business. [Google Drive for Work: How It Can Help Your Business]

Android update

If you're an Android user, you can now take advantage of faster, better search to quickly find files and documents you're looking for. Just use Google Now voice command and tell it to look for specific content. As with the rest of Google Now functions, there's no need to open the app manually or type in your search. For instance, if you need to access an important report, just say, "OK, Google, search for financial report" to pull up the files you need.

iOS update

Adding files to your cloud storage and collaboration platform should be easy and seamless, regardless of file sources. The Google Drive update for iOS streamlines file uploads by expanding transfer options. Now, instead of just the Google Drive app, you can upload content from other iOS apps. This function works on both the iPhone and iPad versions of Google Drive.

Map sharing

Need to send directions to your office or a meeting place? Google My Maps lets you create and share maps online, and it's now integrated with Google Drive. Instead of having to open Google My Maps manually and creating new directions each time, both the Android and iOS updates let you access and share custom maps created with Google My Maps.

Get the update

The Google Drive update for iOS is now available on the App Store, and the Android update is set to be rolled out within the next couple of weeks. You can also visit g.co/getdrive from your mobile Web browser to download the latest version of the Google Drive app.

Sara Angeles

Sara is a tech writer with a background in business and marketing. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a copywriter and blogger for nonprofit organizations, tech labs and lifestyle companies. She started freelancing in 2009 and joined Business News Daily in 2013. Follow Sara Angeles on Twitter @sara_angeles.