Google Drive details leaked: 5GB for free

Summary:Google Drive could be available to internet users as soon as next week, based on details that leaked on Monday.

Google Drive could be available to internet users as soon as next week, based on details that leaked on Monday.

Although rumours have been circling for awhile, it was widely reported in March that Google would launch its own online storage and collaboration service, dubbed Google Drive, at some point in April.

That appears to be very true now, along with some additional details to sweeten the deal. For example, instead of the earlier expected 1GB of free cloud space, each user will be getting up to 5GB of free space on Google Drive.

That actually makes much more sense overall. Not only does Google undoubtedly have the resources to be able to cover that for its customers, it puts it on par and even ahead of the competition.

Dropbox only offers 2GB of free storage space, while iCloud and Box each offer 5GB of free space. (Box even offers up to 50GB of free cloud space if you manage to qualify for one of their promo deals tied to tablets such as the iPad and the HP TouchPad.)

Predictably, Google users will be able to buy more space if 5GB doesn't suffice.

But what's really going to be key for Google Drive is that it will potentially offer users more flexibility and access options than any other cloud provider — at least on the consumer level. Aside from all of the Gmail and Google Apps integration possibilities, Google is covering all bases with support for the G-Drive on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices.

An exact launch (or announcement) date hasn't been revealed yet, but expect it to happen by the middle of next week.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Cloud, Google, Storage

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