Google Drive rumored to launch the first week of April

Google Drive rumored to launch the first week of April
Google Drive is one of those bits of varporware that has achieved near mythic proportions. First reported half a decade ago (yup, 2007), Google was planning to launch a cloud storage system named “Drive” that would basically have been Dropbox…long before there was a Dropbox. Then, as detailed in Steven Levy’s book In the Plex, Google decided to kill the product despite it being almost finished. They had decided that their push toward cloud computing was best served by trying to move people past the idea of local files, to a usage model where all of your data is simply there in the cloud (think Google Docs).

Eventually, cloud-storage services like Dropbox and Box did appear, which demonstrated that virtual drives are a profitable business opportunity. Worse for Google, it turns out they were a decade or so early – people just aren’t ready to give up on the idea of local files, although they sure do like backing them up and sharing them through the cloud. So sometime last year Google reversed course yet again, and decided to resurrect Google Drive.

We knew the product was being tested - it’s already been seen by people for whom the service had accidentally been switched on. According to sources speaking to GigaOM the launch of Google Drive is now very, very close; the launch date is expected to be sometime next week. Like Dropbox, GDrive will come with a native client for easy syncing and uploading of your files. Google will reportedly be giving everyone 1 GB of free storage, with options to purchase more space.

DropBox currently offers 2 GB of free storage (5 GB to Android users), which makes the 1 GB of storage seem a bit suspicious – Google isn’t normally stingy with their free products. Though not confirmed, we expect the launch will include a native Android app, and apps for iOS and other popular mobile platforms are likely in the not-too-distant future.

We certainly welcome competition to the cloud storage market, and Android users should see tight integration with Drive . Still, it seems odd that a cloud computing pioneer like Google has stumbled so much with this product – we hope the finished product will be worth the wait.

source: GigaOM via Droid-Life

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13 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Cool can't wait. And when are we going to get to sync game progress for all our Android devices... I'm still waiting

8. Hmong_Xiong

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Search DataSync, it does it by using Dropbox

2. jordan.300 unregistered

Probably an April Fool's Day Hoax.

10. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

oh yeah, i remember google move last year

3. pooked

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

I hope its not just 1GB lol.

5. pooked

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

Chuck Norris requires at least 1GB i mean i have 50GB with Box but the App sucks because it doesnt allow multiple downloads through android or windows!!! WTF.

11. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Box has multiple files upload now.. but yeah, still sucks compared to dropbox.. and worse yet, no desktop client..

4. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

april fools the 1gb! its gonna be 1 zillion g's!

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Vaporware? Google Drive already exists! You can already use Docs to store any kind of file you want. All Google needs to do is change the name, fix all the bugs with downloading data, and put in all of the plussification.

7. NOKIA.8800.ARTE

Posts: 100; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Yeap give it a month or so, up and running finely....

9. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Well, if the 1Gb of rumored storage is from the initial rumors form 2007, then that was a lot of storage back then; but if it is from a recent rumor, then that isn't very much storage except for storing text documents that don't really have anything other than text in them.

12. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

If they want to compete they need to increase that free storage... doesn't SkyDrive offer like 25GBs?

13. JayRaj

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

s**t man!! The title made me think it was something to rival Nokia Drive's free voice guided navigation...

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