Google Drive is an excellent cloud storage service that makes it easy for you to access all your saved files from your Android device.
Save documents and photos onto the Cloud and access them whenever you want. Edit documents and spreadsheets easily on your Android device.
Free 15 GB.
Additional storage from $1.99 a month.
Ever wanted to have important files with you on the go, photos that are backed up automatically or to be able to create and edit documents while on the go? Well there is a simple solution: Google Drive.
Google Drive is a simple and easy to use solution for cloud storage. When you sign up to Google Drive you receive a free 15GB of storage which is shared by Gmail, Google+ Photos and Google Drive itself. There is also an option to expand your storage for an additional fee which starts from $1.99/month for 100GB up to $299.99/month for 30TB. Google Drive’s new price plan, that was introduced in March 2014, is now the most affordable and cost effective out of all its competitors.
Google Drive for Android (requires Android version 4.0 or higher) is a straightforward app to use which follows on directly from the web version and is the same for other platforms too. The design is simple, but it does not cost the app any functionality. You are able to search for files, upload files from your Android device and even save files for offline viewing. The offline feature is easy to use and extremely handy if you need to use documents when you have no internet available, provided you had already saved them.
Collaboration is made easy for a project, as you are able to share the document with your friends and, depending on what permissions you give them, they can read and edit your document. All files that have been shared with you can be found in the ‘Shared With Me’ folder on the left hand side, so you can easily read and edit shared files if needed. The only feature that is missing at the moment is a password protect feature that would make your private files even more secure. The iOS version of Google Drive has already incorporated this feature and we hope that it will be coming to Android in the near future.
As of the latest version you now require a separate app to be able to edit these files. Google Docs and Sheets are a free alternative to Microsoft Office, but it is still far behind in terms of formatting and the options available to you. The separate Docs files makes it easy for you to view files that are on your Google Drive, but will require downloading a separate to be able to edit these files. With the Docs app you are able to format your text easily and style it just the way you want. Docs are cross platform compatible, so you are able to carry on from the web version wherever you left off from on your Android device or vice versa. When on the separate Docs app, presented to you are all the files that are available to edit without having to find them yourself. In the sidebar, the options available are nearly identical to that of the Google Drive app and it would make sense as it is really a continuation of the app. Most features from the web version are available to you in the app, except for the option to add photos to your document.
The Sheets app is identical to that of the Docs app, however this time you are able to view and edit your spreadsheet documents. Typing in the cell is made easy by the dedicated input bar at the bottom of the screen, so that typing formulas or even just text is straightforward. However, at the moment the Sheets app does not allow for you to make graphs or even view them from other files. Hopefully this feature will be added soon, so that it can be truly cross platform. Overall, both Docs and Sheets do exactly what you need them do, but it is puzzling as to why you now require separate apps.
Google Drive also provides a useful 4×1 widget that makes it quicker to create new documents and view starred files. Google Drive also has a handy scan feature that enables you to scan your documents and then upload it to your Google Drive in a PDF format.
Google+ Photos backup is a convenient feature if you want to backup photos and videos that you have taken with your device. This feature uses your Google Drive space, however it is not stored in there. To access these photos you either have to go to the Google+ app or the separate Photos app that Google provide. It is important to note that if a photo is less than 2048×2048 and a video is less than 15 minutes long, Google lets you store it without taking up any of your precious storage.
Overall, Google Drive is a brilliant app that makes it easy for you to have your important documents with you at all times. As all these are features are free, if you are within your 15GB limit, it is hard to imagine why you would not use it. The overall performance of the app and the features that it brings to your device is a must for all Android users. Google Drive is currently one of the top cloud storage services available for your Android device.
Google Drive is an excellent cloud storage service. The app makes it easy for you to access all your files provided you have an internet connection. If you don't, there is an offline feature that saves the files to your device. 15GB of storage is generous to start with and with the prices for extra space being the cheapest amongst competitors you will always have enough space even if you have to pay for it. Drive makes it easy to collaborate on projects with colleagues.
Photos are backed up to Google+ rather than Google Drive whilst using the Drive storage space. Files need to have a password protect feature, so that you know private files are always secure. The separate apps, Docs and Sheets, needed to edit files is an inconvenience.