The Google Materials Theme started rolling out to Drive for Android in mid-March. It ought to be broadly accessible right now as a Play Retailer replace that additionally leverages the native digicam UI when scanning paperwork. Google can be testing a darkish theme for Drive that’s not but broadly rolled out.
In comparison with different Materials Theme redesigns, the one for Google Drive is a major revamp that switches main navigation to a backside bar. A nav drawer remains to be current, however House, Starred, Shared, and Information are accessible as tabs.
“Home” is a feed of “files that are most important to you,” with Drive factoring final opened, continuously shared paperwork, and entry by time of day. Google desires to leverage machine studying within the app to assist customers be extra productive by not having to manually search for paperwork. Strategies are proven as giant, full-width playing cards which can be nice for previewing.
“Files” is the standard view with prime tabs for My Drive, Pc, and Staff Drives for enterprise G Suite accounts.
Moreover navigation, there’s a new multi-colored FAB and a search bar that spans the width of the display. An account switcher is on the top-right, whereas the navigation drawer hyperlinks to Current, Offline, Trash, Settings, and extra. A revised motion menu for recordsdata additionally “emphasizes the most frequently used actions at the top,” with buttons for stared and offline.
Launch notes for version 2.19 additionally point out a greater doc scanning expertise. As an alternative of utilizing a digicam UI that dates again to Ice Cream Sandwich, Google Drive will now use your machine’s native app to take the preliminary image. As soon as full, customers are kicked out to an enhancing view with cropping, rotation, and coloring instruments.
Some customers on Android 9 Pie and later are encountering a darkish mode for Google Drive. It’s not but reside for all and requires Battery Saver or Night mode in Developer options to be enabled. Nonetheless in testing, it switches the white background to a darker grey. Nevertheless, most customers ought to see the darkish splash display.