September 18, 2014

WSJ: Google's cloud-based 'Drive' set to take on Dropbox, Box

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A new post on the Wall Street Journal advises that Google is getting much closer to announcing their cloud-based storage drive.  Expected to be called Google Drive, it’s the rumored personal G Cloud that we’ve been expecting for more a rather long time.  Citing sources familiar with the matter, Drive would allow users to share documents, images, photos, and other files much in the way Dropbox, Box.net, Amazon, and other like-minded services.

It is assumed that Google will offer all users a set amount of free storage, possibly in the realm of 5GB or 10GB. One thing we’ll be interested to see is what level of integration Google Drive has with Android and other applications.  Will it be tied directly into Gmail, Docs, Google+, or even with Android at a base level or will it just be another option for sync and share.

As to when we might see Google Drive rolled out, the clearest we have is weeks or months.  If it is the latter then this would make a prime service to announce at this year’s Google IO, which takes place in late June.

UPDATE: One of our readers, Nick, sent the following screenshot.  All he did was poke around in the source code in Google Docs to find that there is a button hidden for adding to My Drive.

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