Google Drive on Android adds audio playback speed and notification controls

Google Drive has become a key part of Google’s ecosystem of services. Every Google account gets 15 GB of free storage for hosting whatever you want on the cloud, and also apply for other services like Google Photos, which recently stopped offering free, unlimited photo storage for everyone and now count against this storage cap as well. Google Drive also serves amazingly for sharing your files with friends and family, and in the case of audio files, you’re also given (very rudimentary) audio controls for listening to audio files stored in the platform without having to download them back to your phone.

Now, Google Drive is getting better audio controls that are a little bit more comprehensive (via: Android Police). Perhaps the most notable one is notification controls. Most other apps with audio playback features give you playback controls on your notifications, including music players, but Google Drive lacked this. Now, you’re given buttons to play and pause whatever you’re listening from your notification shade. This is useful if you need to switch to another app while you keep listening to something. You’re also getting audio playback speed controls, which allow you to slow down or speed up whatever you’re listening to right from the app.

Google Drive’s new notification audio controls. Image credit: Android Police

No one really uses Google Drive as their main audio playback app, and this update is not going to change that. But there are specific use cases where having these controls can improve your life a little bit. If you’re listening to something like a lecture your classmate might’ve recorded and shared with you on Google Drive, being able to have notification controls, or speed up/slow down what you’re listening, is a great improvement.

Although this seems like a server-side update (despite the patch notes in Google Play mentioning these two new features), you can grab the latest version of the Google Drive Android app from the Google Play Store right now, but if it’s not showing up yet, it might be a while before it rolls out to you.

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Author: Arol Wright

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