Announcing Google Drive

It was rumored for quite a few years, but it’s finally here. Google Drive was released today, giving users 5GB of free storage to sync across computers. Drive gives a viable competitor to Dropbox, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Apple‘s iCloud, etc.

Google Drive is now available at drive.google.com. This application makes a special folder in your computer’s file system. Any file that you put in the folder will sync across devices. Google Drive is readily available for Windows, Mac and Android. Google stated that they are currently “working hard” on a Drive app for iOS devices.

Each user will get 5GB of free storage, as mentioned earlier. Dropbox offers 2GB, SkyDrive 7GB, and iCloud 5GB. An upgrade to 25GB will cost you $2.49 per month, 100GB is $4.99 per month, and 1TB is $49.99 per month. If you’re feeling crazy, there are options all the way up to 16TB for $799.99 per month. By purchasing any paid account, Google will also upgrade your Gmail storage to 25GB.

File size limits are also an important aspect of cloud storage. The individual file size limit is 10GB with Google Drive. The process for installing Google Drive works the exact same on Windows and Mac. Once you have installed the 68MB application, you will go through a few screens to set Drive up on your computer.

Google bragged up both Docs and Drive a little, saying “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.”

Search is also a big part of Google Drive, and Google even promised great improvements.

Users can “search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more,” Google Chrome Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai wrote. “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.”

Source: Ars Technica

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One Response to “Announcing Google Drive”

  1. Michaela says:

    “gee, i dont get it, apple were the first to introduce new oses to the phone, and now ppl coipmaln that their old hardware hasnt the juice to run with the cool kids.”What? The hardware I bought less than a year ago is already being phased out? That’s even worse than fragmentation.

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