Google Drive launching next week for desktop, Android and iOS
posted by Michael H. / Apr 16, 2012, 3:15 PM
The details are all staying the same though. The service is expected to launch for free (of course), and offer 5 GB of storage to start, with upgrades to more storage available for an annual fee. There are expected to be apps for Mac and PC, which will work "in desktop folders" much like Dropbox does now. And as we had heard before, GDrive will have apps for both Android and iOS, which will allow for mobile editing of documents.
All of this points to what we've expected for a long time now: Google Drive is nothing new. Google Drive is simply Google Docs with desktop apps for syncing files locally rather than having a cloud-only option. This means that the question of whether Google Drive can compete with Dropbox is actually quite silly, because aside from the desktop syncing apps, Google Docs already has far more functionality than Dropbox. If you just want cloud storage and syncing, Dropbox will still be a fine choice, but if you'd like the option to edit apps online or on mobile, or stream any media that you've uploaded, Google Docs can already do that, so it would seem very likely that Google Drive will have all of that extra functionality as well.
source: The Next Web
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it's a shame that Google Drive will no doubt be better because i do like Dropbox. o:
posted on Apr 16, 2012, 3:22 PM 4
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Each of them are slightly better (or different) at different things. There is no reason not to use all of them - Box, Dropbox, Gdrive... Each for a different task (online picture galleries, work documents, apps backup, music library...).
posted on Apr 16, 2012, 4:04 PM 1
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I like Google's move to bring all of their prodcuts together. Same thing as they did with Google Play: G-music, G-market, G-"movies", and G-books all put together. Here, I believe they are going to merge Gmail, Docs, Music, Picasa, and GPlus. But 5GB is strange, for I'm getting like 10GB of the services right now for free... (7.7GB Gmail, 1GB Picasa, 1GB Docs, and "20,000" songs for Gmusic) Am i wrong?
posted on Apr 16, 2012, 4:27 PM 2
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I'd assume that at the least Docs would be merged into that 5GB free storage, but I'm hoping that Photos will also be merged in so you can have your pics automatically sync locally if you want.
posted on Apr 16, 2012, 4:41 PM 1
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Wouldn't it rip ya? Only installed drop box yesterday, it was the first time I'd ever been asked to go to drop box proceed with a transfer to my windows phone. Should be worth it's weight in gold when,[notice I said when] my GOOGLE NEXUS[?] tablet arrives.
posted on Apr 16, 2012, 5:47 PM 0
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Great job by Google and Android again. Would be very helpful to many of us. Meanwhile, I’ve come across some new tools which looks very interesting and handy, for collaboration. One such tool is CollateBoxhttp://www.collatebox.com/ . Just registered with this one found their video looks neat..Eagerly waiting for this one.
posted on Apr 25, 2012, 2:49 AM 0
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