For years, Google’s online apps have been dominated by a minimalist, text-driven interface. For Google Drive, at least, that’s no longer the case.
Google appears to have begun rolling out a more vibrant, icon-driven interface to its Google Drive Web interface, replacing its list of filenames with a more visaul aspect that shows off the files themselves. PCWorld senior writer Brad Chacos reported seeing the new interface in his version of Google Drive; if it’s available to you, a pop-up notice will implore you to “Try the new Drive” by clicking on the Settings gear and selecting “Experience the new Drive” in its options.
For the rest of us, Google showed off the new interface in a YouTube video, below.
While a text-based interface works adequately for a list of documents or PDFs, it becomes more of an issue when Google Drive is used as a secondary repository for a number of photos, especially when they’re stored using the default filenames. (Google+ will store photos that are automatically uploaded from a smartphone—and not charge users against their storage cap—but there’s nothing preventing users using Google Drive to store photos from a Windows Phone, for example.)
But as far as Drive goes, the best way for Windows users to use Drive is to simply use the app. (On the left hand navigation rail, click to download the “Install Drive for your computer” link.) Once installed on your computer, Drive appears as a normal Windows window, with the ability to list files or view them as icons, much like any other window. Even Google’s new icon view isn’t as useful.