Google launch online Drive cloud storage services
By Ghanizada - Tue Apr 24 2012, 11:56 pm
Google launches ‘Drive’ online music and video storage service which could render PC hard drives obsolete. Drive is a free storage system for videos, photos, documents, PDFs – and will allow users to ‘drag and drop’ their files direct from PCs or Macs instead of storing them on their own hard drives.
With Google Drive, you can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office and while running errands. Users can install Drive on their Macs or PCs and can download the Drive app to their Android phones or tablets. The company says that it is working on a drive app for iOS devices.
Google Docs is also built right into Google Drive, so users can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Google Drive will offer 5 GB of storage for free, 24 GB for $2.49/month, 100 GB for $4.99/month, and 1 whopping TB of storage for $49.99/month. While the 1 TB of storage doesn’t come cheap, forking over $2.49 or $4.99 a month is pocket change. You can definitely part with your morning coffee for one day to pay for that amount of cloud storage.
Google Drive also features a new search function, which will allow you to not only search by filename or file type, but also by text in scanned documents. Image recognition searches will also be allowed, although Google warns that it “is still in its early stages, and we [Google] expect it to get better over time.”
Google has been widely rumoured to be releasing such a service for weeks – and rivals have already begun to respond to the ‘threat’ posed by the search giant.
Online storage company Dropbox has made it easier to share content such as videos via its 50-million-user ‘cloud’ storage service, in advance of the launch of a rival from web giant Google.
Dropbox has altered its service so users can share simply by sending an emailed link rather than sharing folders.
Microsoft’s SkyDrive service has also been upgraded in advanced of Google’s launch, with users able to drag files into SkyDrive from Windows 7 machines.