All hail Google Drive!

25 April 2012

As we all know, ‘the cloud’ is where it’s at these days – that mythical place where more and more of our data is being stored, which is helpful if you’re worried that your treasured photos might disappear in a massive hard drive fail. Dropbox is pretty much the cloud boss at the moment… but here comes Google.

It’s been mooted for a while now, but Google Drive is finally here to rival Dropbox. Well, at least it will be shortly – looks like there’s a bit of a waiting list at the moment. Once you’ve signed up, reached the top of the waiting list and your Drive has been activated, you’ll be able to store up to 5GB of all kinds of files and documents in your special Google place.

Google say that you can choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB. Woosh! Once they get around to letting you play with it, it’ll work on PC, Mac and Android devices, with iOS devices in development. Your waiting period begins here.

TOPICS:   Technology   Gadgets

8 comments

  • bob
    SkyDrive has being out for a long time and works great syncing my phone and pc. All diary, contact and photos synced without doing anything.
  • StuPid
    Yeah, Dropbox might have the name, and Google Drive might offer 5GB for free, but I have 25GB of Skydrive for free which syncs perfectly with Windows Phone, as Bob says, and Box.com have been generous enough to give me 50GB free cloud storage so apologies Google, but I don't need this service from you. I have full Office integration and automatic upload of photos (I have an unlimited internet contract on my Windows Phone) - so where is the benefit (apart from for Google getting hold of even more of your stuff!)
  • The B.
    Yep, I've already got 25GB of Skydrive. They're almost as up to date as BW.
  • paul
    Hoping a linux version will come out. I use drop box currently and its good - but competition in the market is always good.
  • Bazinga
    People bought Windows Phones? Oh no. You're going to tell me people still use Hotmail next?
  • Dan
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57420551-93/who-owns-your-files-on-google-drive/ got to be worth an editorial from you guys right?
  • P C.
    Unlike Dropbox, once you upload stuff to the Google Drive it becomes the property of Google to do whatever it wants with it
  • Tom
    Wonder if Nat West will sue for using its logo.

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