The Google Drive cloud storage service is set to launch on or just after April 24. It comes with a free 5GB of space for every user and will be a cross-platform system that integrates with Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android. That’s all according to a report on The Next Web, which cites a source from one of Google’s partner organisations in the project.
As with Gmail and Google Docs, it will be free to use. If the quoted 5GB of basic cloud storage is correct, then this more than doubles the 2GB amount that its main rival Dropbox offers from the outset (Dropbox has various free incentives or payment plans to get more capacity). And like most other cloud back-up services, if you need more than the standard amount of storage you will be able to buy it.
There are of course many other cloud storage providers, including Box.com, SugarSync, Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft, which has its Skydrive system, each with varying features and different amounts of storage at the basic free level.
The Next Web says that Google Drive will have an app to give you a desktop icon to easily manage your backed up files that will work with either Windows or Mac OS X, though it remains unclear just how it will integrate itself in that way. Dropbox, for example, uses a toolbar icon.
Google Drive is also said to be launching with iOS and, unsurprisingly, Google Android support, for use with smartphones and tablets. The desktop and mobile apps are said to enable in-app editing of documents too.
When the time comes you should be able to check it out here but at the time of writing the site was not live and did not even show a holding page. In customary Google style it looks like it will be a Beta launch. It is not yet clear if it will be available worldwide from the outset.
Via The Next Web