Google Drive for Android 2.4 update gets smarter about uploads, adds folder colors

Your colorful folders will finally sync over to Android, which should make all your work easier to organize and find.

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An update to Google Drive now gives you control over where to send the files you upload on an Android phone or tablet.

Previously any uploads automatically went to a folder called, well, Uploads. Now you can specify a destination folder and see a progress bar that lets you know how the process is going, as the Google Apps Updates blog illustrates.

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A progress indicator bar now will tell you how close your files are to being uploaded.

Also, the colors finally sync over from what you have selected in the web version of Google Drive. You can also change them up from the boring gray, and they’ll have the same look across devices.

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Your Google Drive is finally more colorful on Android.

An APK teardown reveals what features could be coming up in the future. There’s code for shortcuts and auto-suggestions for most recently used folders and files, which could help speed up the workflow. Also, there’s some reference to a device backup, but it’s possible this is some behind-the-scenes work to host Android backup data inside of Google Drive. 

If more leaks out in this version or a future update, we’ll be sure to let you know. Otherwise, grab Google Drive 4.2 from the Play Store or APK Mirror.

The impact on you: Managing a variety of files and folders can get cumbersome when working on a phone or tablet. The use of color is something I’ve found to be essential, as it makes things easier to spot at a glance compared to a block of stark colors or white and gray. Drive is a key piece of the Google productivity puzzle, so it won’t be long before we’re back telling you about more.

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