OneDrive for Android Update Adds Document Scanning Function

Microsoft has released an update to the OneDrive app for Android that brings several new features.  The updated version is build 4.1 for those keeping score and out at the Google Play Store now.  The biggest feature change in this update is the ability to “scan” a document from within the app directly to your OneDrive account.  The new feature leverages the Office Lens functionality which, if you haven’t tried it, is mighty impressive in its own right.  Now OneDrive will leverage that technology and give you a clean, crisp image of a document.

This new feature, it should be noted, is for OneDrive for Business accounts but I have been able to get it to work with my personal account in the app too.  As I have both a personal and a business

Document Scan Feature in OneDrive
Document Scan Feature in OneDrive

account within the OneDrive app, I don’t know if I get the benefit of the feature even in my personal account.  Either way, I was able to scan a document and save it to my personal account and to my business account.

Microsoft has also added the ability to highlight and annotate a PDF file and save those changes with the document back to the cloud.  This is a big new feature, especially for those who share documents.  Finally, the Notifications within the app have been improved too.  Now you can get notified about new albums or changes to shared files.

Microsoft continues to develop their Android apps at a fantastic pace and are closing the gap between features on the desktop and mobile devices.  This update to OneDrive along with the updates last week to their Office apps certainly make them a solid, viable alternative to the Google Docs apps and Google Drive.   If you haven’t tried the cloud storage service out, you can download the app for free and give it a try. All users 5GB of storage free while Office 365 subscribers get 1TB free.