Google Drive

google_driveUsing a ‘Cloud’ service can be a little daunting for some, so let’s take a quick look at the free one that comes with your Gmail account that you use on your Android device and see how easy it is to use and some of the very clever things you can do with it.

I’m referring to Google Drive of course and this service, which gives you an amazing 15Gb storage for free to store anything you like, is very handy for saving and sharing photos and videos created on your phone or tablet automatically (I like that word – anything that makes life easier is fine by me).

There are many features that can be used to make creating and storing documents etc in the ‘cloud’ but one feature that I like is the simple way I can scan a receipt or invoice into the phone (using the phone camera) and Drive converts it into a PDF file and uploads it once I am in range of WiFi. This function alone makes it well worthwhile using the app.

From the description:
* Store all your files in one place, so you can access them from anywhere and share them with others
* Use the app to access your photos, documents, videos and other files stored on your Google Drive
* Upload files to Google Drive directly from your Android device
* Share any file with your contacts
* Access files others have shared with you on Google Drive
* Make any file available offline so you can view them even when you don’t have an Internet connection
* Manage files on the go
* Create and edit Google documents with support for tables, comments and rich text formatting
* Create and edit Google spreadsheets with support for text formatting, multiple sheets and sorting
* Edits to your Google documents and spreadsheets appear to collaborators in seconds
* View Google presentations with full animations and speaker notes
* View your PDFs, Office documents and more
* Scan documents, receipts and letters for safe keeping in Drive; then search by contents once uploaded
* Print files stored in Google Drive on the go using Google Cloud Print
* Open files stored in Google Drive through Drive enabled apps in the browser
* Optimized experience to take advantage of larger screens for tablet users, Honeycomb (Android 3.0+)

If you have a recent phone or tablet you probably have the Drive app already preinstalled, but if not grab it from the Play store and set it up.

Andy

Androids4Seniors

Google Drive
Price : FREE
Size : varies with device
Needs : varies with device

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About the Author : Andy describes himself as "an older geek" and has been assisting seniors with understanding technology for many years. He is involved with his local seniors computer club and believes that seniors appreciate assistance from those of a similar age group.

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