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What Is Google Drive?

April 25, 2012 1 comment

Google has finally taken the lid off of the long-rumored Google Drive, giving users another option to stack files on the cloud. Initially when i first came across it i wondered if with already established players like DropBox or iCloud or even Sky Drive would Google be able to capture the market?

Google Drive

Essentially, it’s a beefed-up version of Google Docs. You can store your documents, photos, music, videos, etc. all in one place. It syncs with your mobile devices and your computer, so if you make a change from one gadget, it will automatically show up if you were to access it elsewhere. It tracks your changes too, so if you make an edit to the document and hit save, you can still look back at all your revisions from the past 30 days.

You can get up to 5GB of space for free, after which you can upgrade. It’s $2.49/month for 25GB, $4.99/month for 100GB, and $49.99 a month for a whopping 1TB. If you move to a premium account it also automatically expands your Gmail storage to 25GB. Noy bad i have to say for such great service.

It can handle more than 30 different types of files, including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and HD video, and you don’t even have to have those programs installed on your computer. Drive also pretty much does away with email attachments, which makes sharing a lot easier. If you wanted to show a friend a video of your vacation, you could just pass them a link to that file, rather than adding it to a clunky message. You wouldn’t have to upload it to a message and your friend wouldn’t have to wait around to download a big file. (Neat i have to say)

Though Apple’s iCloud only caters to iOS users, the Google counterpart is open to all platforms. It’s easily accessible from a wide variety of devices, like Android tablets and phones, as well as the iPad and the iPhone (though only through a web browser at the moment). An app for Android dropped today, and an iOS version is coming in the next few weeks. You can also download Drive for your Mac or PC. Now that’s Google’s way of getting people hooked up to this service pronto.

With 45 million users, Dropbox has been the leader when it comes to cloud storage. However, it only gives you 2GB free. And for most people, 5GB is pretty sufficient, meaning they’re going to go with Google Drive.

I would say Google Drive is slick, clean and responsive. I definitively would recommend it to users considering most of us already use abundant Google services so why not add to the list 😀

#cheers