Google improves Drive search with intelligent suggestions and cross-device history sync

Google today announced a few new search features that will begin rolling out for mobile versions of the Google Drive app. The company aims to improve the ease of searching for a document or file quickly and says that changes in working patterns thanks to COVID-19 has resulted in users having to get their work done even when not at their desk.

The first of the two new features include the ability to see searches made on the desktop or other devices and scroll through them to select the desired item – just like on the Google app. This negates the need to repeat searches and brings a nifty way to get back to the list of items searched earlier. The Mountain View firm does note that Web and App Activity must be enabled for users’ accounts to be able to see cross devices searches.

The other feature is the addition of intelligent suggestions. The app can now automatically suggest results for recent files, keywords, document types, past searches, and even people. This ensures that users do not have to sift through long lists of recently modified files or shared folders, making the entire search experience faster.

The enhanced search features for Google Drive will begin rolling out today to Android and iOS users on all business and personal accounts. There is no additional admin action needed for enabling the features. However, the rollout is an extended one, meaning it could take more than 15 days for the features to show up for all users.

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