Google Drive cloud storage coming ‘soon’
GOOGLE’S Drive, the search giant’s answer to Dropbox and Apple’s iCloud, is likely to launch in the next few.
The new product would offer users a large amount of web-based storage, which all connected devices could upload content to or access.
Services such as Dropbox and Box have been characterised as Silicon Valley’s hottest start-ups. They have capitalised on users’ desire to synchronise video, pictures and music across phones, cameras and other connected devices. Apple has also recently launched its iCloud service for its products.
Google’s service would synchronise files and content with Android phones and tablets, as well as with browser and operating system Chrome, sources say. It would mean that video filmed on an Android phone would instantly be uploaded to a central ‘cloud-storage’ drive.
The company would also be able to incorporate its cloud storage service with its Google Apps offerings, including word processing and spreadsheet programmes. This might make it attractive to existing business users, who are currently targeted by services such as Box.net.
The company announced a similar service, G Drive, in 2007, but it was never launched. Dropbox, meanwhile, subsequently turned down a nine-figure buyout offer.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google’s service will launch within the next few months, and will charge users who want a particularly large amount of storage.
While Dropbox and other services rent server space from Amazon’s cloud storage services, Google’s existing network could allow it to undercut its rivals. Dropbox currently offers 2GB of storage free, and then charges from $9.99 per month for 50GB. Microsoft’s rival Skydrive service offers 25GB free.
A Google spokesman declined to comment. The company's conference, Google I/O, is not scheduled until June.