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Google Drive launching next week for desktop, Android and iOS

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Google Drive launching next week for desktop, Android and iOS
We've heard this all before, but the news is making another loop. The fabled Google Drive has been known to exist for a while, and it was rumored to launch at the beginning of April, but now it seems like it will actually happen next week. The Next Web apparently has gotten its hands on a draft release of Google Drive from one of Google's partners. So, this information is a more official version of the accidental leak that came from Lucidchart last week.

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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posted on 16 Apr 2012, 15:22 4

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

it's a shame that Google Drive will no doubt be better because i do like Dropbox. o:

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 16:04 1

2. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

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 16 Apr 2012, 16:15

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

nahhh, i'm an efficiency freak and that means one service to rule them all for me. ;P

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 05:08

12. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Yep, same. Google FTW.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 16:05

3. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

not better than skydrive

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 16:27 2

5. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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 16 Apr 2012, 16:41 1

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

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 16 Apr 2012, 17:12 1

7. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

dont they automatically sync for free on your google plus account and not contribute to your storage cap?

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 20:59 1

9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

they do, but they get downgraded to 3MP.

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 02:02

11. Leo_MC (Posts: 2677; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Lucky me, I also uploaded my pictures in Dropbox too...

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 17:47

8. jurkey (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)

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 16 Apr 2012, 22:22

10. kanagadeepan (Posts: 981; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

I am using Dropbox for more than a year... It is good, especially with Android app and offline option (fav) for important files... I will wait and watch how GDrive is better than Dropbox...

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 02:49

13. Ed_Robbins (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)

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.

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