Google Drive is a cloud-based storage service that lets you store your documents, pictures, and other files online and access those files on multiple devices. Up until now, that’s meant Windows, Mac, and Android apps.
Starting today, Google Drive will also be available for iOS and Chrome OS.
The iOS app lets you search, view, and edit your files on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Google is also integrating some pretty nifty image recognition technology offering Evernote-like features.
For instance, you can snap a picture of a brochure or tax document, and Google Drive will recognize text in the picture so when you search for “1099” the picture you took of an IRS Form 1099 for some reason will show up.
During a demo today, Google also showed how a search for “pyramid” will bring up vacation photos taken in Egypt with the Pyramids in them… even if those pictures aren’t labeled.
Google Drive for Chrome OS is basically tied to the operating system’s file browser. Now you can access documents stored in the cloud just by clicking the Google Drive tab. Local documents are in the Download section.
Finally, Google is adding initial support for offline document editing.
You can now download text documents from the cloud and edit them when you don’t have an internet connection. As soon as you go back online, all changes will be synchronized.
The offline editing feature isn’t yet available for spreadsheets or presentations, but it’s in the works.