A new version of Google Drive is slowly rolling out, it brings the app to version 2.2.083.19.36 and adds drag and drop functionality to the table allowing you to more easily select and move files on the cloud-based service.
The release follows the usual Google pattern in that if you really want it and need it you probably don’t have it, if you don’t need it you’re probably already updated to it. Fortunately you can download the APK directly here. It’s signed, so as long as you have Google Drive currently installed on your device you’ll be assured that’s the APK from Google and not some scammer. It’ll also update correctly from Google Play in the future as long as you’re updating it.
Google Drive as a file manager on a phone still feels antiquated and clunky even with the update. Folders sit up top, if you’ve selected multiple things the drag and drop doesn’t work like you’d expect as you don’t drag the last selected item to move the group, you drag the pop-up box instead. Unselecting doesn’t feel intuitive. It’s not quite what’s needed to be a complete package unto itself.
That said, it’s free, you can access from any web based device, and I really shouldn’t complain too much.
It will be rolling out in Google Play over the next few days if you’re not comfortable snagging the APK from the link above.