Google Launches Google Drive Cloud Storage Service, iOS App Not Released Yet
Google recently announced its long-awaited Google Drive cloud storage service which provides users with 5GB of free storage integrated with Google Docs and other Google Services. The service introduces a place where users can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Google describes the following:” Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.”
Google offers 16 TB’s of paid storage beyond the 5 GB level, all of which is accessible via Google Docs or through clients for the PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices; although the iOS app has yet to be released. Google did promise that the iOS app is “coming soon.”
One of the biggest features in Drive is the ability to open more than 30 different file types directly in the browser, allowing users without programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop to open up files and see what’s inside. The service includes extensive sharing and collaboration features for users as well, which many may find appealing.
The launch of Google Drive comes as several other cloud storage services have improved upon their services recently as well. Microsoft’s SkyDrive, which now offers 7 GB of free cloud storage was updated just yesterday
with compatibility for an iOS app along with a preview client for OS X Lion, which allows users to manage their SkyDrive accounts directly from the Finder. Last but not least, Dropbox recently extended its file storage service with the ability to quickly share files stored on Dropbox with anyone, simply by creating a link as well. We'll have to wait and see how Google's offering stacks up compared to the others over time.