Google Drive API Will Let Devs Add Drive to Their Apps
Google has announced a preview of the Google Drive API, a tool for developers that will allow them to add Google Drive functionality to their own Android applications. One of the core features of the API is that it allows Google Drive to behave like local storage. Apps will treat local and cloud storage as one in the same, even when the device is offline. Data can be stored locally when connectivity is poor and then synced to Google Drive once connectivity returns. Google calls this transparent sync. The API works with Google Play Services, and should function on the vast majority of today's Android handsets (Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up). Developers can download the API from Google's Android developer portal.
Google Eases Drive Functionality for Android
Google today updated its Google Drive application for Android devices with some user-requested features that help the app perform more seamlessly. For example, users who preview files in Drive can open the file directly in their favorite editing program from the preview screen.
Google Duplicating Google+ Photos in Google Drive
Google today said it is giving people more options for organizing their photos and videos online. Moving forward, all the photos and videos users have stored in Google+ will be accessible from Google Drive.
Google Begins Rollout of Play Services 6.5
Google today said it has begun to push Google Play Services 6.5 to all devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and higher. Play Services 6.5 adds several new tools for developers, and targets Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Wallet, and Google Fit.
Evernote Works Better with Google Drive
Google today said it has expanded Google Drive's support for Evernote, making it easier to share files between the two cloud services. Before today, Drive content shared to Evernote took the form of a link.
Google Releases reCAPTCHA API to Improve Android Security
Google today announced a new tool developers can use to authenticate people securely while simultaneously improving the experience for mobile phone users. The company made available the new reCAPTCHA Android API as a part of Google Play Services.