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

by Doug Drinkwater

May 23 2013

A new makeover for Google Drive’s Android app means that users can scan now paper documents, receipts and business cards.

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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