Day 321 – Drive

45 – 100+ Absolutely Essential Android Apps & Tips

Cloud storage has really gone from 0 to 100 over the past few years. Today no self-respecting company can get by without a storage offering of some sort. I hadn’t thought of Google Drive as anything other than a storage container like DropBox, until recently.

As part of my new digital/automation strategy at home, I already have a new QNAP, a new media set-up in the living room, and plenty of storage for all the media we currently own.

I had been tracking media with a to-do list, which is an uncomfortable fit. Ticking an item of the “do not own yet” list would have to move it to another “owned” list. And to-do lists are really not built for that kind of duty. What I’m saying is, it was a hassle.

But I needed a solution that I could use both from the PC where I rip my media, and from my phone which I use as my shopping list when I get to JB HiFi. I needed a better solution. And I decided to use Google Sheets. And it has been working marvellously well so far.

And as of this week I think, it works better still. The Android version of the Drive app asked me if I wanted to install two new applications; one for Google Docs and one for Google Sheets. Which means I can now sync my cloud spreadsheets back to my phone and use them offline in a much more functional application than I could before.

It is very easy to get trapped in the idea that a problem needs to be solved by a dedicated app; it’s exactly where my media-management thoughts started. But in the end, a sufficiently powerful generic tool like a well-structured spread sheet can solve the problem almost as well, and definitely to a level sufficient to my needs.

If you haven’t tried Google’s new Drive-integrated apps yet, you should have a look.

If I had to do it again right now, I might consider Android OneNote instead and put all my eggs in that particular basket, but maybe it’s not a bad idea to stay familiar with a few alternatives at the same time.