Thursday, November 19, 2015

Improved Drive sharing in iOS and Android

Sharing on your smartphones and tablets is now even easier. Google added three feature improvements when working in Google Drive on mobile devices, including the ability for iOS and Android users to receive mobile notifications when someone shares a Drive file them.

Sharing notifications (Android and iOS)
People using the Drive app can now choose to receive mobile notifications when someone shares a Drive item with them, allowing them to open the file or folder by simply tapping on the notification. If a file/folder owner has notifications turned on and someone requests access to their content, the owner will be notified of the request instantly on their mobile device so they can quickly grant access.
People will be informed of this new feature the first time they use the updated versions of the Drive app, and can choose to turn it on or off in Settings.  

Consistent sharing experience across platforms (iOS)
We’re implementing a more consistent sharing experience in Drive (and the Docs editor apps too!) across platforms, including the ability for people using the Drive iOS app to add custom messages to recipients directly from the app when sharing a file.

Seamless sharing to people without a Google account (Android)
Until now, a Google Account was needed to view shared files on an Android device. Now, people can do this without a Google Account just like they can on the web.