Improved Recent Files View Coming to Google Drive for Web

On the Google Apps blog today, Google has announced an improved view of your Recent Files in Google Drive is coming to the website for the service. The update, which will be rolling out over the course of the next 1-3 days for all users, will still be divided into files accessed today, yesterday and so forth but will have more information about how that file was accessed.

The change coming to Google Drive essentially means that as you view your files on the web, you will be able to see

Google Drive for Android

Google Drive for Android

when a file was modified, opened or uploaded directly from within the UI.  Currently you can only really view that information by tapping on the file and looking at the information for that file. This change will eliminate the clicks required to see this information.

The new Recent view will also be smarter as files that have been collaborated on will bubble up to the top, making it easier to see who you are sharing a file with on Google Drive has modified that file last. Ultimately it is the collaboration and sharing that is driving this change to the website as Google wants to make collaboration on files easier and more quickly for their users.

Finally, this update from Google was very specific that this update is only for Google Drive on the web. No mention of when or if this new Recent view will be coming to the Google Drive app for Android or iOS.  I think it is safe to assume that it eventually will make it to your mobile device but, for now, it is web only.

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