Google Drive officially launches
Google just officially launched Google Drive today, it’s online cloud storage service.
Similar to Microsoft’s Skydrive and it’s integration on Windows Phone, Google Drive will integrate with their Android platform, allowing you to access your files from your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. From the Google Blog post:
Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. 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.
With Google Drive, you can:
- Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
- Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just… there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
- Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.
You have 5GB of storage for free to start off with, but you can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month and when you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage also expands to 25GB.
Looks like Microsoft’s SkyDrive has some competition now, eh? Android users, you’ll notice your Google Docs app has been rebranded to Google Drive. If you dont have the app yet, it’s available free over on the Google Play Store. More info over at the link below.