So, here it is. Finally. Google pushed a Dev channel update to Chromebooks including Cr48s the other day bringing deeply integrated Google Drive in to Chrome OS.
Chrome OS file manager now has an addition “Google Drive”. It works just like your local Chrome OS drive. Or lets say, similar to how you use Dropbox or Google Drive on your PC. There is a folder on your Chromebook where you can save any file to, and pick up anything you stored on Google Drive from any other device.
All your files are on cloud, but they are local too!
Search Your Google Drive Documents
The Google Drive section of your file system is searchable. You can search through all the files available on your Google Drive. Search is in Google DNS, as they put it.
Make Files Available Offline
You can make any Google Drive file available offline on your Chromebook. You have an icon similar to that available on Google Music and Google Drive for android. Once a file is made available offline, you can it even when you do not have an Internet connection. The file manager has an option to show you all your offline files.
Note: This feature is still being implemented. You may not have a way in the UI to make a file offline now.
If your Google Drive has image files a nice little thumbnail will be available for each of them, making it easier to scan through your images ad galleries.
Any other feature that you noticed?
One more thing… this is a dev build and things may be little shaky. But more feedback and tweaking will make Google Drive on Chromebook a better experience when it makes it in to the stable build. I hope the new Aura window manager and Google Drive make it together to the stable build. That will be a day of celebration for the Chrome OS team, I am sure.
Anyone here who decided to give Google Chromebook a try after these new developments? Or, did you find Anyone on twitter, Facebook or Google Plus?