Google Makes it Easier to Search for Files Saved on Drive

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Drive Makes It Easier To Find The Files You’re Looking For.

Google on Wednesday began rolling out a “new search experience” for its cloud storage service. For Google, 2015 was a year of transformation, as the company breathed new life into old products, got serious about some previously experimental efforts, and even announced a major restructuring. For instance, you can now narrow your search to a specific file type — like PDFs, text documents, spreadsheets, photos, presentations, or videos — right from the search box on iOS, Android, and the Web. You can download the latest mobile apps now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store, but be warned that the company said the these features are rolling out “in the coming weeks,” so you might not see them just yet.

Google Drive has had decent search for a while now — this is Google that we’re talking about, after all — but it’s been getting a bit better recently as related features roll out. To get more specific results, you can also now search for shared files by owner using their name or email address. “Several behind-the-scenes improvements give your search queries even better results than they did before,” Google Drive Group Product Manager Steen Andersson wrote in a blog post. “This is all part of an ongoing effort to make Drive the easiest place to find your files.” Meanwhile, Google Drive also now takes advantage of the 3D Touch feature in Apple’s latest iPhones to let you access recent files or search from the home screen.

Although the 2015 upgrade isn’t a major improvement, it doesn’t need to be; new software features and a booming app selection have allowed even the original Chromecast to get better with age. Google-powered smartwatches made lots of progress this year, with iOS support, better standalone functionality , and a bunch of better-looking hardware. If you use Google Apps at work, meanwhile, a new feature known as Data Loss Prevention is intended to make sure that confidential information isn’t emailed to the wrong people. As TechCrunch notes, a company could ban or quarantine emails with Social Security or credit card numbers, for example, or set up customized parameters.

A November report by Canalys claimed that no smartwatch vendor shipped more than 300,000 units in the previous quarter except Apple, which moved nearly 7 million smartwatches by comparison. Google’s photo storage service was always doomed to obscurity as a social networking byproduct, and 2015 was the year Google finally acknowledged it.

Although Google has been retrofitting SUVs with self-driving hardware for years, in 2015 a new fleet of prototypes arrived with automation in mind. (Riders can even detach the steering wheel.) They’ve been cruising the streets of Mountain View and Austin since the summer, capped at 25 mph, with human minders-slash-drivers required to be on board. Google loves to talk about the growth potential for mobile search, but the ugly truth is that three-quarters of the company’s current mobile ad revenue comes from iPhones and iPads, the New York Times reported this year. The new Nexus 5X and 6P are the perfect candidates for this type of service, with bloatware-free versions of Android and some of the best cameras on the market.

Although Google quickly patched the problem on its end, and noted that Stagefright was only proven in a laboratory setting, many users won’t ever see a fix, as device makers and wireless carriers fail to keep their software up to date. Other parts of Alphabet include Verily (formerly Life Sciences), with its glucose-sensing contact lens and longevity efforts, and Access (for Google Fiber and connectivity projects). The jury’s still out on whether this restructuring really matters, but it at least shows confidence that Google’s weirder experiments can become legitimate businesses. Google’s switch to Alphabet did bring one immediate drawback: Its code of conduct no longer says “don’t be evil,” and instead tells employees to “do the right thing—follow the law, act honorably, and treat each other with respect.” The new code is arguably more realistic, but it also notes that the board can approve “waivers of this Code for directors or executive officers.” Finally, the company’s top brass have the freedom to be as nefarious as they like.

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