With cloud storage becoming ever more popular it was only a matter of time before Google opened its own virtual filing cabinet. Reports suggest the company will launch Google Drive as early as next week.
While the development of a cloud storage tool from Google has long been rumoured, a leaked press release from the company that Google has partnered with to produce the service has pulled back the curtains on some of the details.
The report suggests that anyone with a Google account – which is free to sign up for – will get themselves 5GB of free data storage, and that Google Drive will be compatible with both Windows and Mac, as well as iOS and Android.
This sets Google Drive up to be a major rival to Dropbox, which currently offers just 2GB of free storage. Expect that to change when Google Drive boots up.
Google Drive and other online storage options
Online storage, better known as ‘the cloud’, has boomed in recent years, offering users the ability to store and back up their files online, rather than on a computer hard drive or USB stick.
Our computers and smartphones are stuffed with data, from documents and software to photos, videos and the Beatles’ back catalogue. Backing up online is an insurance policy against a hard drive failure – with online storage often offering the added functionality of automatic, periodic back ups. Handy for the absent minded.
Ultimately, both 2GB and 5GB capacities are likely to be pocket change to consumers whose music, media and gaming collections are always growing. It will be the paid-for service, which could roll out to Google Drive, that will be its true measure.
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Of course, once Google Drive is officially announced we’ll bring you all the details, and once it’s launched we will give it a full test drive in our lab.