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Google Drive declutters its home tab in latest redesign for Android

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  • The new Google Drive UI makes finding files easier and faster by moving to a denser list view in the Suggested tab, displaying information like file name and file type more prominently .
  • The Notifications tab has been replaced with an Activity tab, which serves as a complete hub for all document-related activity, including comments and access requests.
  • The new design is currently rolling out for the Drive app on Android and iOS, but availability will gradually increase as this is a phased rollout.


Google spent most of 2023 giving Workspace products like Slides, Sheets, and Docs a healthy dose of AI-driven features. Now the company is turning its attention to Drive, another critical component at the center of its Workspace products. We recently reported that Google added a new option to filter files by mentioned collaborator using a new People unfold. This UI addition is just one of many changes Google has in store as a new UI for the mobile app is rolling out.

The UI of Google Drive’s Android app has remained relatively untouched over the past few months, with the only notable changes being a tablet-friendly button rearrangement and a Material You update for the web UI. Last week we reported on some quirky additions in the Android app, such as a strange Floating Action Button (FAB) for launching the camera for document scanning, stacked on top of the camera . New + button replacing the + FAB in the lower right corner. Google has now officially announced these changes along with a few other tweaks, which should help people who use the app frequently.

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Suggested documents are grouped closer together

Google says its new user interface is designed to make finding files much easier and faster. For this purpose, the Suggested The tab, which opens by default, has changed from a thumbnail view to a denser list view. Thumbnails aren’t suitable for Docs or Sheets anyway, and an icon now tells you the file type, while other information like file name and modification date is more prominently displayed. With more files visible at once, you won’t need to scroll as much if you revisit something you edited recently.

The Activity tab is a hub for everything that changes in your files

Source: Google

The Activity tab is a hub for everything that changes in your files

Second, Google replaced the Notifications tab in Drive with a new Activity tongue. While the former displays all activity on your documents in order of recency, the latter provides a comprehensive hub for everything like recent comments and pending document access requests. The new design also replaces the single alert filter drop-down menu with multiple bullet points such as Access requests, Approvals, etc., all arranged in a horizontally scrolling carousel. The previously mentioned FABs are also visible on this screen. Additionally, Drive will remember the last open tab in the bottom bar and use it by default when you reopen the app, instead of using the Home default tab.

Google started rolling out this new UI design for the Drive app on Android and iOS on November 6 and 10 respectively. However, we are planning a gradual rollout, and it may be some time before you see the new design on your devices. Like most other UI changes, this one is not limited by account type, and anyone with a Workspace account or personal Gmail ID should see it.

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