Google Drive: Cloud storage offered by Google — 5 GB free, 25 GB $2.49/month, 100 GB $4.99/month

Rumors about a Dropbox-like cloud storage service by Google, have been floating around for a while. Well rumors no longer. Google has released Google Drive, a cloud storage service that provides users with the abilty to “create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff.”

Think of Google Drive as Dropbox with Google Docs. With your Google Drive account you can store any type of file you desire (10 GB file size limit) and download files from your account whenever you want; on top of that, Google Drive has Google Docs built-in (Google Docs has been merged into Google Drive), so you can create and edit documents with the added bonus of OCR technology. Hear and see it from the mouth of the beast itself:

With Google Drive, you can:

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just… there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
  • Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.

The best part about Google Drive is it is accessible via the web and has clients for Windows, Mac, and Android. Apps for iOS (iPhone/iPad) are coming soon.

Hit up the links below to learn more about Google Drive:

Official Google Drive blog post

Official Google Drive page

So, do you think Google Drive will fill that cloud storage hole in your life? Sound-off in the comments below.

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17 comments

  1. newJason

    Google drive sounds so much better than skydrive and dropbox.
    With the aability to open over 30 file types right in your browser—including HD video, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop—even if you don’t have the program installed on your computer, this means no more downloading the whole file before you can open it. That is one thing I find very annoying about the compditors.
    In Google Drive, you can create new documents, spreadsheets and presentations instantly. Work together at the same time, on the same doc, and see changes as they appear. Also with apps for chrome like WeVideo, now you can use a full fledged video editing application, share it with your friends and all work on it at the same time from within google drive.

    My google drive page says :

    Your Google Drive is not ready yet.
    And yes I clicked to be notified when it is. but that was 2 days ago…

  2. Col. Panek

    Do I want Google to read all my scanned in stuff too? Good thing they’re not evil…yet…I hope…
    Well, I’ve been looking for a decent on-line OCR, I’ll wait and see. And good grief, let’s have a Linux client that works as well as UbuntuOne and Dropbox. (No hope for SkyDrive.)

  3. rachana

    On the Last day when Earth ends I dnt know how.A day before I will purchase Google Drive.U I OBAMA all
    knows that our life is indirectly,in some places directly controlled by Google.It has everything it knows everything
    it sees every thing.Now it wants everything in their ultimate Pentagon blind servers.
    But it will not do any harm 2 u or it will not sell its data,But for record Google will do any thing,but ever never harms a normal citizen.Contradicting?YES that’s what Google it self unable to answer 2 SELF.

    rachana

  4. Injeun

    It has been twenty four hours and I’m still waiting for Google to email me that my drive is ready(whatever that means). Is anyone else having to wait this long? And does anyone know why the wait?

    “We’ll email you at ******.com
    when your Google Drive is ready. “

  5. Frank

    @Check:
    One wouldn’t upload unencrypted content anyway, would one?

    So I don’t care if the publish my AES-256 encrypted files. Copy&Paste allow for passwords of ‘eternal’ length and programs such as boxcryptor.com (which works for (almost) /all/cloud drives) allow the content to be automatically en/decrypted on your /and/ your friends computers.

  6. Frank

    @bill m:
    Sorry, mate, but box.net is not “very good”. The free account has a size limit of 25MB per file /and/ you do not get their sync app but only a desktop backup (kind of one-way-sync).
    So it doesn’t really compare to others.

  7. smaragdus

    Adrive is a joke, these 50 GB are useless- low upload speed, no easy way to upload (FTP and WebDAV are limited only to premium accounts) and more amazing- Adrive crappy Adobe Air-based desktop client is available to premium users only. Uploading large files via browser is painful and absurd.

  8. Suze

    FYI, MSN members receive 25GB free cloud storage. All you need is a Windows Live ID, and you can sign up with a non-Hotmail or MSN address if you don’t want to create either one of those. Check out http://www.skydrive.live.com. [With thanks to the GotD Forum for initially mentioning Google Drive.]

    Note: I’m not sure you can upload anything/everything into SkyDrive; if not, then it could be too limiting.

  9. JonathanP

    My guess is that this product will be very successful, putting pressure on DropBox and Box.net. Google’s pricing is very aggressive and the more one is part of the Google / Android eco-system, the more likely he is to use Google Drive.

    Google enabled my Google Drive yesterday, but I haven’t had a chance to download the client and put the product through its paces. However, from the descriptions, it sounds very promising.

  10. JT

    Ashraf, what’s your opinion of it? Will this make you switch from Dropbox or no? Do you think Skydrive will ever offer referral based size increases like dropbox? If all the offer for free is 5GB, and I’ve already got 20GB with Dropbox, then I find it hard to make the switch. Other than the fact that skydrive’s max file size is 10GB, I forget what dropbox’s is but I don’t think it was anywhere near that high.