Google Drive to offer 5GB free online storage with it's launch next week

google driveIt's been a long time since DigitFreak is using Dropbox services for providing the media download options whenever needed, which usually takes off the burden from our little server. We are quite happy with the services provided by Dropbox and the charges are reasonable as well.

Now, that Google is going to unveil the similar service for it's users, we are actually thinking to move on. It is still to be formally announced by Google Team -- about the launch of the mighty service -- that too with the huge storage for free. Usually 5GB is more than enough for normal day to day consumption of online storage where users can manage their important files without much hassle and can carry them anywhere.

Rumors and reports of Google Drive’s imminent launch have been coming hard and fast lately, but this one may just take the cake. The folks at The Next Web managed to get their hands on a draft of an announcement from one of Google’s official Drive partners, and have just revealed a few titillating details about the storage-service-that-almost-wasn’t.

OMG Ubuntu! has posted an entry which debates -- whether google will launch their service for Linux users. Most of the Linux users need a service which is more reliable than the basic cloud storage provided to the Ubuntu users. Ubuntu one is a reliable service, but it is not too portable atm -- which means you cannot use it on other OS or mobile devices -- which somehow limits the capabilities and portability of documents and media you want to carry along.

According to TNW Google Drive is expected to launch in the middle of next week. Given how big companies such as Apple, Google and the rest operate, I’m placing my bets on Tuesday, but Wednesday is also a popular day for Google updates. In fact, TechCrunch seems to have gotten their hands onto the app itself.

Now as for the reliability of the information? It’s not at all uncommon for big companies to launch with partners for new features. When that happens, the partners will often-times have a heads up to integration and specifics, and that’s exactly what appears to have happened here as it did with the Lucidchart leak from last week. We’ll have to wait and see exactly how it all works out, but let’s just say that our earlier prediction of in-app document editing is pretty solid as well, given the nature of the release that was sent to us today.

The details on how, exactly, Google Drive will integrate with your PC are scarce; “desktop folder” integration on Mac and Windows machines is mentioned, but not explained.

The launch date could very well be real. In February 2012, a report (with screenshots) said the service is already live for some users, which usually means the official launch is coming soon.

Furthermore, TechCrunch has discovered a Google Drive OS X app, which currently does nothing, but it’s also another indicator of an imminent launch.

Google’s biggest competitor in this field is Dropbox, which currently offers 2 GB of free storage to users. What do you think: Does Google Drive have what it takes to compete with Dropbox? What other features would you like to see from Google’s online storage service? Share your opinions in the comments.

The details on how, exactly, Google Drive will integrate with your PC are scarce; “desktop folder” integration on Mac and Windows machines is mentioned, but not explained.

The launch date could very well be real. In February 2012, a report (with screenshots) said the service is already live for some users, which usually means the official launch is coming soon.

Furthermore, TechCrunch has discovered a Google Drive OS X app, which currently does nothing, but it’s also another indicator of an imminent launch.

Google’s biggest competitor in this field is Dropbox, which currently offers 2 GB of free storage to users. What do you think: Does Google Drive have what it takes to compete with Dropbox? What other features would you like to see from Google’s online storage service? Share your opinions in the comments.

DigitFreak team is definitely going to use the new service going to be lauched for public, what about you? Let us know:

 

 

[source: TNW, The verge, Techcrunch, mashable]


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