Google Drive for Android review: Solidly blends docs, storage, and file sharing

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The Good Google Drive has sharing options galore. It's great at viewing all types of Google documents, and offers powerful editing while on the go.

The Bad There is no security passcode option. No editing of Presentations or Drawings.

The Bottom Line For Android users, Google Drive is a must-have download, as it offers convenient cloud storage space, Google Docs functionality on the go, and file-sharing capabilities to boot.


8.7 Overall
  • Setup 10
  • Features 9
  • Interface 9
  • Performance 10

Editors' note: This review was updated on May 30, 2013, to cover the features added in the latest version.

Similar to the experience on the Web, Google Drive for Android opens up to a revamped navigation panel that sports the white space and clean lines of Google Now. From here, you can see a list of all your files (My Drive), files that have been shared with you, starred files, recently modified files, or offline files. There are also controls for creating new documents or spreadsheets, and uploading files to be stored on your Drive. The built-in widget gives you a quick, one-tap way to create or upload files to your drive, and you can even add Home screen shortcuts directly to files or folders.

The new tiled Dashboard is meant to look and feel like the card-based interface of Google Now. Of course, if you're not a fan, you can easily revert back to the list view as well. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

Long-press any item in your list for options to Share, Rename, Delete, or send a link to your file. The newest version of the app also lets you download a copy to your device or print from any Cloud-ready printer. And if you plan on traveling to an area without Wi-Fi or data coverage, there's also an option to make files available for viewing while offline. I've personally used this feature countless times while on vacation.

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