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"OK, Google" voice command making its way to Google Drive

You'll soon be able to search for Drive documents by using the term "OK, Google" through the Search app on your Android device!

Published onDecember 16, 2014


Google has been hard at work the past few weeks, updating all of their apps to Material Design and adding new features to most of their apps. They’re not done with updates quite yet, as the company is beginning to push out a new update to Google Drive. In hopes to make searching for documents a bit easier, Google is adding “OK, Google” hotword support from the Google app on your phone.

Announced on their Google+ page earlier today, the update will let users search for files in the Drive app through a simple voice search using the Google app. For example, say, “OK, Google, search for holiday letter on Drive.” The Google search app will seek out your desired file and open it once it’s found. Searching by voice is definitely something Google doesn’t want to give up on, and it’s even more apparent now that they’re adding the functionality to more apps. Just last month, the search giant added third party app support to work with “OK, Google” functionality, so it’s nice to see this feature make its way to their own apps.

Along with hotword support, Google is also adding support for viewing and sharing custom maps you create with the Google My Maps app. Google explains that the update should be rolling out within the week to all Android users, so be sure to check the Play Store for your update. If you have yet to download Google Drive, you can do so here.

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