Google Drive: Finally coming this April

81 thoughts on “Google Drive: Finally coming this April”

    1. How much would you really need? After all the storage you get free from Picasa/Google Photos, Google Music, Google Docs, etc… there’s not much left for which you’d need storage space.

      1. How much? Unlimited! And I mean it. How can a “cloud storage” of the future be not unlimited?

        My PC has a 500GB Harddrive. It’s almost filled. I want to have that data in the cloud and go for a 64GB SSD drive. But then I have 6 external drives, hundreds of CDs and Data-DVDs. I want to have all in one place. So at the beginning I would say, I need 8 Terabyte right away. And for the future? Unlimited. Everyday the fricking amount of data is rising. HD, strange file formats that makes a simple “Hello World” Document over 1MB, and my collection of data is growing every day. RAW-format camera. Nice to have Picasa, but if you need to store your real images, it’s 15+MB for a fricking photo. I take hundreds every day. And you know, next-gen device may use double or more data.

        Unlimited is the only way to go.

  1. Microsoft’s SkyDrive offers 25 GB free and works fine for me. One issue is a maximum upload size of 100 MB, which makes it not well suited for bulk backups.

  2. All these details seem to indicate they are more or less building a local client for Google Docs. Google Docs has 1 GB of free space, ability to upload arbitrary files, an API for uploading files, and a web interface for downloading files as well as previewing a wide assortment of files (videos, music, documents, etc.).

    I’m surprised it has taken this long, but equally surprised that I haven’t seen other companies build products using the existing Google Docs API.

    For those complaining about the only having 1GB free, it’s worth pointing out that once you pass the free quota for most of these services (Dropbox, etc.) Google Docs is cheaper by a huge margin.

    Dropbox: $99 per year – 50GB
    Google Docs: $100 per year – 400GB

    1. Depends if google can offer the same level of drop-dead simple file sync between multiple machines.
      There’s a reason Google’s storage is so cheap at the moment: it’s a pain in the ass to actually use it.

  3. I’m going to assume the actual storage is based on your existing Google Storage Plan (which you can add to) and is accompanied by an extra 1GB for FREE as part of this service. That would make sense and of course, it will require a Google Account which includes 7GB (and counting). Not a bad deal if this is the case.

      1. I didn’t see whether GDrive requires a manual upload, or if it mirrors local storage like DropBox. 1G with manual upload is less than worthless.

        GDrive should mirror local storage, plus connect to other Google Services, such as Picasa, Docs, and maybe GMail.

  4. The big “thing” about this service isn’t storage … there’s plenty of online storage. Box was giving away 25 GB to iPhone and Android users.

    The “hook” is the local syncing. Document Management in the cloud is still a relatively immature market. Dropbox only recently released a “business” version, Dropbox for Teams, and Box only offered local syncing on Macs (for paying users) within like the past 12 months and PCs maybe 18 to 24.

    Google moves at the speed of the Internet. I think it took them a while to accept the fact that files aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. A Google Doc has more in common with a web site than a Word Document but this isn’t going to click for most people for the foreseeable future. Most businesses do not move at the speed of the Internet and they have files scattered all over the place.

    Besides syncing, another great feature that Google can leverage is the Docs Viewer than can be enabled in Gmail and works throughout the current suite. This presents the opportunity for some cool features that could differentiate Drive from other services like Dropbox and Box across many file types.

    Google can also differentiate their service on cost – specific to business customers anyway. Box or Dropbox are going to cost ~$15/person per month for the SMB. I think Box and Dropbox are both excellent services that can and will continue to be successful regardless if Google enters their market or not. There are A LOT of file shares and desktops to be emptied!

    Bottom line. Customers win. Drive will force the incumbents to be their best and the incumbents will keep Google honest – Drive should be sweet, not just “You need to update Silverlight”

      1. I think they provide however much you have for free on your Gmail/Docs/Picasa account today. Basically whatever amount that is, maybe 7GB something like that, you have to share among all your Google services, and you can purchase extra for example $20 per year for 80GB.

  5. The real surprise is your negative and sarcastic perspective on a Google product launch.. no one saw that coming.. save perhaps those who hear rhetoric from investors in Google competitors. Bias.

  6. The reason it’s taken so long is that they’ve needed to finish all their index ingest algorithms for various document types… how else will they get your taxes, finances, legal, and other information ingested into their (now) unified profile of you?

  7. Google currently sells storage that can be shared across Gmail, Picasa Web Albums, and Google Docs http://j.mp/GUFvbX at 20 GB for $5 a year and you can already access Google Docs via desktop clients like Cyberduck. This announcement will probably be an expansion of this service that’s spread across all Google products. There’ll likely be a price drop, too.

  8. it’s been here for a long time. You’ve been able to purchase additional storage from google for years. It is synchronous across your entire account.

  9. $20/yr for 80GB storage on Google Drive (as can be expected the prices are same as on the rest of Google’s cloud storage).

    I think that you only need to pay for the storage of your personal/private/unique/backup files. Google only needs to store one copy of popular/duplicated files, thus you don’t need to pay for storage for it.

    I posted in https://plus.google.com/106075758531242552855/posts/cs4sPcT8dCZ how I think Google can deal with providing unlimited free storage for popular content (some can be piracy) on Google Drive:

    You get unlimited storage for free for files that a lot of other Google Drive users also store. Thus you should be able to “beam” your collections of Mp3, Flac, DivX, MKV etc to your Google Drive and have them be hosted there for free.

    Content owners decide if files can be shared to other users. Sharing may require Google Play Unlimited Subscription (I guess can be something like $20/month) or may require content purchase. Sharing of same Google Drive account for different users/IPs/devices can be very strict to prevent it being used for sharing of pirated content. Content owners are thus invited to upload all their creations on Google Drive and set sharing settings, opting in, opting out, redirecting or linking share attempts to YouTube, Google Music, better digitizations, new revisions etc elsewhere.

    I expect Google Drive to provide free storage for tens of Terrabytes of your collections of DivX, MKV, Flac, Mp3, and let you stream your files to any of your devices for free (can be auto down-converted, compressed to work on mobile networks).

    What happens is Google quickly stores all the files in the world. They get to store a copy of every video, audio, text file ever digitized throughout the world.

  10. Folks – This article/news is kind of might be circulated by Google, to set the expectation as minimum, so that when they release it’ll look like big.

    I’m sure, they’re going to provide 100GB of space for free, beating everybody on earth, run for money, folks will release it initially as invite basis. It’s the same concept they did with Gmail years back gave away 25Gb when everybody out there was giving 1GB from Hotmail to Lycos to Yahoomail.

    I’m sure GDrive will be invite basis giving 100GB for free, making everyone to move everything away from Skydrive, iCloud & Dropbox to GDrive. Yep, you got it, going to take away space from Azure (Skydrive), iCloud (again Azure) & Dropbox (Amazon S3) to Google Space…! All these folks will wait for another 5 yrs and then match it up with GDrive, by that time, it’ll be like Gmail…!

  11. 1GB is surely a joke. I have a 50GB lifetime account from box and another 25GB on my SkyDrive (which will certainly grow later.) Word is, SkyDrive will be showing up as a local drive you can just copy to and from in Windows 8 (although that functionality is not in the two betas I am working with.)

  12. if it is online storage by google who happens to offer dozen of other services like picasa, gmail, docs, etc. why dont they make the gdrive one unified storage for all my files located across all google services (except youtube i guess) and give it 10gb free space?(which it already does but in forms of sepaeate storage on each separate service)
    1gb is lame dude

    1. My point is, 10GB is lame too. As they say on the reality shows – “Time to up your game.” If I can get 50GB for free from someone else, you will need to offer me 75-100 to get my interest. And you’d better offer full API access to it so we can make money selling apps that utilize it.

  13. Does this mean they’re gonna whack Picasaweb and Google Docs? I already HAVE photos and docs stored online–isn’t this what Platypus, er, gDrive, er, Google Drive is for? I’m confoozed.

  14. Two questions:
    1. Why can’t Google Docs be considered a cloud storage (ref to your statement: inability to launch a cloud storage)
    2. Why not compare to SkyDrive that offers a whopping 25 GB free storage (market leader Dropbox currently offers 2 Gb for free)

  15. Google Drives should start with at least 50 gigs, and no file size limits. Key would be to have it supported on mainstream mobile apps, the way Box.com and Dropbox are. Synching too.

  16. Google Drive starting quota should be 50 gigs minimum, with no limits on individual file sizes. The system should be able to automatically store multimedia on streaming servers (YouTube) for optimum delivery. Like Box.com and Dropbox, Google Drive needs to be ubiquitously supported by all mainstream mobile apps. Synching, of course, is a must as well.

    Are we there yet?

  17. I paid $20 for 80gb of Google disk space that is shared with my Google Docs and Gmail. My biggest complaint is that I have to upload and download files rather than just mount the drive as G. I am eagerly awaiting the update!

  18. I can’t understand why more people are not using SkyDrive. The new LiveMesh sync tool is excellent – especially if you use Onenote a lot like I do. The only drawback is Mesh only gives you 5GB that can be synced. The other 20 or so is regular SkyDrive. But who needs more than 25GB – kind of reminds me of who needs more than 640k

  19. As a project manager and someone who’s heavily involved in project management, I can spot a failed project a mile away. When a company postpones a project year after year and every other year claims that the project is about to be launched, then the project will eventually flop.

  20. Any update on this story? The first week of April has come and gone. Would love to use GDrive, but not real wild about Google Docs. Needs to work more like DropBox, but tie in with Google-hosted email.

  21. You’re not well informed. Google will provide 5GB of free storage space. More storage can be bought against really sharp rates. The lowest in the market today.
    Google will blow Dropbox and Microsoft totally away with its new service!

  22. We’re past the first week of April, and we’re past early April, and there’s still no GDrive. I was hoping you and your “well-placed source” were right about this, because this really would have been useful.

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