Google Drive launches

Google Drive launches
Google Drive has officially launched, and the details are pretty much what we expected. As we've said before, we expected Google Drive to be nothing more than a rebranding of Google Docs with new desktop and mobile apps for offline syncing of files, and that looks to be exactly what we're getting, because the Google Drive app is now live in the Google Play Store, although it is really just an update to the Google Docs app. 

Google is calling Drive the "evolution of Docs". As we knew, the storage has been upped to 5GB for free, and the other upgrade options have changed a bit: it's still $5 for 20GB, but now higher plans are monthly costs up to 16TB. The new URL http://drive.google.com is also now live and will provide a walkthrough of the changes. One new change that is buried a bit is the addition of apps to the service, which will be found in the Chrome Web Store. Currently, there are 17 apps from various services like DocuSign, and Aviary. 

The new Android app (the iOS app is likely on the way) updates the UI and adds easier options for finding newly edited, uploaded or shared files. The app is laid out better for easier navigation and there are more options for sharing and selecting contacts to share. And, of course you can now upload/download any type of file, which you could do before with Google Docs, but not in the mobile app. 

Google Drive is available for free in the Google Play Store, and there are desktop apps for Mac & PC as well. We'll let you know when the iOS version hits. 

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30 Comments

1. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Dont trust the Googlightning guy.

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

the symbol looks too much illuminati

2. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Just turned on my Google Drive service, and I'm really loving it.

3. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Fandroids please respond about 5gb of free storage. You bashed Apple saying they were ripping off consumers.

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i got 50gb free from box .....

5. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

I got the same!

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

same here, plus the extra storage is way more cheap on Gdrive and they have a handful of webapps that make editing documents and other stuff quite nice

17. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

soo did i!! :)

28. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

So did i 2.

29. GENARAL.LEVY

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

And me aswell

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

With iCloud 5GB was for everything: docs, photos, music, etc. With Google Drive, it's 5GB for everything, but if you use Picasa, you get another 1GB for photos (or unlimited photo storage if you're using auto-upload from G+), and if you use Music, you get 20,000 songs storage free. Drive is just a locker. If you want to use the files, you still use other apps. Besides which, iCloud upgrades are far more expensive, what would cost you $5 on Google (20GB) costs $40 from Apple. Apple's $100 tier would get you just 50GB, while $100 on Google would get you 400GB and would span across all Google products including Gmail, Picasa, etc. Not a Fandroid, just someone who understands the products involved.

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

not true Michael music and video don't go against storage

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

my mistake, also Google did just change the pricing plans, so 200GB would cost just over $100 a year, not 400GB. still more storage for your money than iCloud though.

14. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Michael, I think Google change the pricing plan to Google Storage plans. It's now $2.49/month for 25GB each for Drive, Picasa and gmail, $4.99/month for 100GB for Drive and Picasa, 25GB for gmail.

12. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I don't know what happened, I saw the $5 for 20GB earlier. When I went in to check again right now, they have a completely different pricing from before...

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

It will hold 4 RAZR ROMs....not much space

21. sulabhgupta

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

I don't understand iCloud at all. You can't access files through the Finder, you can't view your photos unless you pay for a newer version of iPhoto, you can't even access pictures online at iCloud.com. It is by far the worst cloud service out there. And he says "It works like magic", what bullshit ?!!?

24. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Have to agree with you on that one. I like Apple, but by far iCloud has to be the ugliest and most difficult UI to understand.

27. eyephone

Posts: 69; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Me to

6. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

whoah a 16Tb online storage???? That's too much for a rebranding of documents unless they are planning something major other than the usual media stuff

10. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That tier is more for businesses, because the rebranding does expand to Google Apps as well.

15. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​oooooooooooooo

22. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

the guy up top got it going on MS all day F9ck apple and your dame Android

23. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Im just fine with my 25 GB skydrive. Except the limit on file size is a pain.

25. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

didn't that just get reduced to 7GB?

26. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

if your already using it they let you keep the 25 for free

30. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

Still not available for my account :(

31. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Yes, I'm getting the same thing. It says "We'll email you as soon as your Drive is ready". That's all I get since yesterday.

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