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Google updates Drive for iOS app to offer same functionality as Android version

Google has updated the Google Drive app for iOS, bringing it in line with the Android version.

Users on the iPhone can now browse and preview their files in the same card-style thumbnail layout as those on Android, and there are also a number of other updates aimed at making it easier to use Drive on the iPhone and iPad.

"You can toggle between the new thumbnail view and the traditional list view with just the press of a button," explained Google in a blog post.

"Plus, in this latest version of the app, files and folders are grouped more intuitively instead of being mixed together, and you can view and edit files in landscape mode."

A new 'get link' button now makes it easier to copy the link for any drive file and paste it in, for example, an email. All users have to do is click on the option and to the link will be copied to the device's clipboard.

As well as this, the search functionality has been greatly improved, allowing users to easily find the exact file they are looking for.

"And remember, Drive search recognizes objects in your images and text in scanned documents. So the next time you're looking for photos of that trip to the Statue of Liberty, just enter the phrase "Statue of Liberty" and your photos will appear," adds the firm.

The updated Google Drive app is available from the Apple App Store now.

Tomas Jivanda
Tomas Jivanda

Tomas is co-founder of Lucky Pilgrim, a team of journalists, photographers and art directors who connect brands to audiences through words, imagery and design. He was formerly editorial director at Chapel and managing editor at Courier magazine, and was a writer for ITProPortal as well as The Independent, EastLondonLines, The Sunday Times Magazine, and Croon.