Exclusive Google Drive to Offer 5 GB of Free Online Storage !
Google’s free cloud based storage service – Google Drive – has been rumored to be in development since years now. However, speculation that it may finally be close to launch has intensified in the last week, after a report by GigaOM stated that it will be launched in April 2012.
While the report stated that it will offer 1 GB of free storage – much less than what Dropbox or Microsoft Skydrive offer, a new leaked screenshot by TalkAndroid suggests that Google Drive will offer 5 GB of free online storage to all users. It also says that it may be launched on April 16.
By offering 5 GB, Google Drive is offering much more than Dropbox officially does, but only a fifth of what Skydrive offers.
Feautures of Google Drive
- It will work on desktop, tablets, mobiles and also have a web based interface at drive.google.com (which currently throws a 404 error).
- It will also offer integration with Google Docs and Google Apps, and will be targeted at individual users, as well as small businesses with multi-user support.
- It may also be integrated with all Android smartphones going forward, to boost market share and make it the default option for the average Joe.
Conclution of Google Drive
Mountain View has been leaking Google Drive details like a glacial trickle, but we still have no firm notion of how much free cloud storage it’ll bring or just how deeply it’ll be integrated with other services. There have been rumors of a Dropbox-like 2GB limit, but now a screenshot purporting to show the beta version’s main welcome page points to a healthy 5GB instead. Moreover, Google’s Support portal mentions that the Drive app for Android will have document-editing capabilities, which brings us back to the question of whether this is a whole new service, or an add-on to Google Docs or indeed a complete re-branding of Google’s documents platform. Regardless, calling it ‘Drive’ still makes it sound like sat nav.
It’s obvious that Google Drive is coming, and coming soon…