Google Drive adds Touch ID support, Swype for iOS goes free, Apple apps get minor updates

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in iPhone edited November 2014
As Apple introduced minor updates to iWork, Beats Music and more, a number of other key updates hit the iOS App Store, including a temporary sale on the popular Swype keyboard from Nuance, as well as Touch ID security and iOS 8 extension support added to Google Drive.

Swype goes free




Alternate iOS 8 keyboard Swype is now free for both iPhone and iPad for a limited time. The popular swipe-to-type keyboard is usually priced at 99 cents.

Swype was just updated to version 1.1 this week with a number of new features, including 16 new downloadable languages, intelligent Emoji support in 6 languages, an improved iPad layout, customizable keyboard layouts, and an auto-space option added.

For years Apple blocked third-party developers from releasing their own custom keyboards for iPhone and iPad. But that changed this year with the launch of iOS 8, allowing alternative keyboards to be used systemwide if a user chooses.

Google Drive gains Touch ID, extension support

Google Drive


Cloud storage service Google Drive also received a noteworthy update on Thursday, with version 3.3.0 giving users the ability to open from and save to their Drive account in other apps. This taps into the iOS 8 extensions capability, and requires users to be running the latest operating system on their iPhone or iPad.

Devices with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor can also add support for the iOS 8 secure unlock feature with the latest version of Google Drive.

In addition, Google Drive 3.3.0 also adds support for the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The update also gives users the ability to save videos from their Drive account to their device.

Google Drive 3.3.0 is a free download from the iOS App Store designed for both iPhone and iPad.

Apple issues minor updates

In addition, Apple updated a number of its own iOS applications on Thursday, with each specifically described in the release notes as "minor." The updated applications are:

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7

    In before "I'm not giving Google my fingerprint!" (even thought that's not what this is)

  • Reply 2 of 7
    In before "I'm not giving Google my fingerprint!" (even thought that's not what this is)

    This made me laugh, so true :)

    I have to say, touch ID is becoming a pretty sweet deal and is only getting better every day. I was somewhat of a skeptic at first, but it's clearly awesome.
  • Reply 3 of 7
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    Originally Posted by TechLover View Post





    This made me laugh, so true image



    I have to say, touch ID is becoming a pretty sweet deal and is only getting better every day. I was somewhat of a skeptic at first, but it's clearly awesome.

     

    Yeah, it really is a nice implementation. I'll be happy when that approach is commoditized around the industry.

  • Reply 4 of 7
    droidftwdroidftw Posts: 1,009member

    My friend used this and now he's getting ads for finger cymbals.  Thanks a lot Google!

  • Reply 5 of 7
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 21,102member
    droidftw wrote: »
    Nice try, Google.  I'm not giving you my fingerprint so you can advertise finger cymbals to me!
    LOL
  • Reply 6 of 7
    droidftwdroidftw Posts: 1,009member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post



    LOL

     

    You're fast, you caught me before the edit.

  • Reply 7 of 7
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,429member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DroidFTW View Post

     

    My friend used this and now he's getting ads for finger cymbals.  Thanks a lot Google!




    Well, at least they're not ads for finger cots.

     

    :D

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