May 22 AT 6:51 PM Dustin Earley 7 Comments

Chrome, Google Drive and Play Magazines all receive updates


Google is continuing its recent streak of updating core apps and services on Android today, rolling out updates to Chrome, Google Drive and Google Play Magazines.

Following major updates to Talk (Hangouts), Google Play Music and Google Plus over the last week, a new batch of Android apps, including Chrome, Google Drive and Play Magazines, are getting the revamp treatment today. Major highlights include a card style UI for both Drive and Play Magazines, a full screen mode for Google Chrome, and bug fixes all around.

The breakdown of exactly what each update contains is as follows:


  • Fullscreen on phones – Scroll to hide the toolbar
  • Simplified search – View and refine your query directly in the omnibox
  • Tab history on tablets – Long press the browser’s back button to view your tab history
  • Several stability improvements

Google Drive

  • New grid view makes it easier to find your files
  • New quick preview lets you view photos and other files from within the app
  • Scan documents, receipts and letters for safe keeping in Drive; then search by contents once uploaded
  • Download a copy of files to your local device (Honeycomb+)
  • Spreadsheet editor now supports changing fonts, colors and cell alignment
  • View properties of files from within the editors
  • Bug fixes and visual improvements

Google Play Magazines

  • Completely redone magazines library UI
  • Bug fixes

We’ve already discussed how Google used I/O to show off how their core services and apps are now separated from Android, allowing them to update your Android experience without updating the OS itself. Today’s round of updates further enforces this. Including these latest updates, Google has been able to update messaging, cloud storage, social networking, music and web browsing, all without updating Android itself.

To grab the updated versions of Chrome, Drive and Play Magazines, hit up Google Play on your device now.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • bit

    Updating now, chrome only!

  • donger

    Updates are welcome.

  • LukeT32

    Now if only they could iron out the bugs in Hangout…..

    It does not like switching between tablet, phone, and PC.

    • isa007

      You’re right. It’s quite annoying that you can’t even see who of your contacts uses Hangouts or even has a Google account. If I write someone who hasn’t a Google account, they never get the message, not even an notification by mail.

      • aranea

        I went back to the classic version on my computer. I’d probably go back on the phone too if I could.

  • isa007

    BTW – my boyfriend (Google account, but no G+ account) can send chat texts but no pictures via the Hangouts app. Is this only possible with a G+ account?

  • Lara Leo

    Google Drive-apps zijn eigenlijk alleen maar een website die-bestanden laadt in de browser vanaf Google Drive. Ik zat te denken dat, aangezien het belangrijkste project bestand is slechts een XML-document, het zou kunnen worden in een pagina’s DOM boom geladen en weergegeven in de pagina in een leesbaar formaat (Het is hoe de belangrijkste GUI begint dingen, niet?).
    Zoals voor het bewerken van de RTF-Files, Google Drive heeft ook de directe mogelijkheid om RTF-bestanden importeren en exporteren rechtstreeks, zonder te hoeven een apart conversie programma.
    Natuurlijk zou de uitvoer functies veel zorg nodig hebben, maar voor eenvoudige maken en bewerken van de basisstructuur moet netjes uitvoeren.