Google Drive getting Material refresh on Android and iOS

Google Drive Material redesign screenshots

Google Drive is the latest app to get a Material refresh.

Google confirmed today that Google Drive is “getting a new look and feel” with a Material redesign on Android and iOS. The update includes a new Home tab that’ll surface important files based on the last time that you accessed or edited a file, who specific files are frequently shared with, and what files are used at specific times of the day. Also included is an expanded search bar that’s accessible across the app, a bottom navigation bar, and a new account switcher.

This new-look Google Drive will begin gradually rolling out on iOS today, March 12th, and the gradual rollout on Android will begin on March 18th. In the mean time, here’s the full list of new features in this Google Drive update:

New Home tab and bottom navigation 
Similar to Drive on the web, the Home tab will surface the files that are most important to you, based on things like: 

  • The last time you accessed or edited a file 
  • Who specific files are frequently shared with 
  • What files are used at specific times of day.

A more intuitive bottom navigation bar that features options to switch between Home, Starred, files shared with you (Shared), and all files (Files), allowing for quicker access to your most important items.
Expanded search bar 
The search bar is now more accessible across the application, including from the Team Drives page.

My Drive, Team Drives and Computers in Files view 
Team Drives will be now be displayed as a tab next to My Drive in the Files view. Users will also see a Computers tab if they have backed up content from a local machine to their account. 

New account switching experience 
The feature to switch accounts is moving from the left navigation menu to an icon in the top right.

Revised actions menu 
A revised actions menu attached to every file and folder emphasizes the most frequently used actions at the top. Toggles for starred and offline are now changed to buttons.

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