Google Drive Android app now lets users scan paper documents & business cards

May 23, 2013
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The scan feature uses the same optical character recognition (OCR) technology already used in Google Drive and works when users select “Scan” from the “Add New” menu.

Having then taken a photo of their document, receipt or business card, Drive then automatically turns the image into a searchable PDF.

That’s not the only change for the Android app (free, Google Play), which also now sports a new interface that looks similar to the Cards view on Google+ and the Google Play store. As a result, there is more space between items, a grid-like view of files and the option to view a “large icon” preview of uploaded documents.

Furthermore, there is an option for saving these files locally to your Android smartphone or tablet. Alternatively, you can make the cloud-based files available to edit while offline.

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