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Google Drive for Android now supports OCR allowing users to take photo and save as PDF

Google announced big changes to several of its services -- most importantly Google+ and Google Maps -- at the I/O conference this year. Shortly after the I/O conference ended, the search giant started rolling out the updated version of apps on Android and iOS. Last time, Google+ for Android received an updated with Snapseed integration for advanced photo editing. Latest in line to get an update is Google Drive.

Google announced big changes to several of its services — most importantly Google+ and Google Maps — at the I/O conference this year. Shortly after the I/O conference ended, the search giant started rolling out the updated version of apps on Android and iOS. Last time, Google+ for Android received an updated with Snapseed integration for advanced photo editing. Latest in line to get an update is Google Drive.

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Google’s cloud storage service, a direct competitor to Dropbox and the likes, has just updated its Android app with a redesigned interface and a new OCR option. The new interface allows users to switch between “list” and “grid” view. It also focuses more on images on folders that have images inside them. This comes as bigger image becomes a trend after Google+ for Android app is updated followed by Flickr’s new Android app release; both of which have bigger photo as a core feature of their user interface.

Besides the slightly redesigned interface and a somewhat smoother performance, Google Drive now lets users take photos of documents using the phone’s camera and turn them into a PDF document. Such technology exists on the web and as standalone computer software that utilizes a technology called “Optical Character Recognition.” The idea of bringing OCR into Google Drive could be that you can now quickly “Scan” a business card or a receipt and save them as PDF on your Drive for later viewing.

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Google Drive for Android’s new Scan feature can be access by pressing the menu button and tapping “Add New”, which will bring up a list of items. If you tap “Scan”, your camera will fire up with grid overlay. You can then take a photo of your document. After you take the shot and confirm, the file will be uploaded to your Google Drive and you can view them as PDF.

The scanned files will be renamed as scanned with the date and timestamp as suffix, so you won’t have a problem finding them on your Drive. We can’t wait to see how accurate most users find it with their real life use. Try the Scan option today and let us know if it’s satisfactory to you.

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