Google GDrive cloud storage finally arriving next month?

Neowin veterans may remember the first article that we wrote about Google’s mooted online storage service all the way back in March 2006. Talk of the service has repeatedly popped up since then, but today, six years later, we’re still waiting for it to arrive.

So we’re understandably wary of a new report from GigaOM’s Om Malik, who has spoken with his “well placed sources familiar with [the] company’s plans”, and claims that Google’s cloud storage service will finally launch soon – as early as next week, in fact. Om says that the insiders have told him that “the big day is sometime during the first week of April 2012”, but predictably, Google has so far refused to comment on this speculation.

The launch of the service – widely believed to be called GDrive – would certainly be a welcome new addition to Google’s ecosystem, but the details of the offering sound lacklustre at best. GDrive will reportedly provide just 1GB of free storage, with larger storage options being available for users to purchase. Given that Microsoft’s SkyDrive offers 25GB of cloud storage free - with the promise of unlimited storage for Office documents and photos - this would appear to make the GDrive offering remarkably weak by comparison.

Google’s service will reportedly include a local client and web interface that is described as looking “much like the Google Docs interface”. Google will also provide an API to allow developers to extend GDrive storage to third-party apps.

A cloud storage service has always been a bit of a gap in Google’s ecosystem. The company has been working hard to better integrate its numerous services – for example with its unified cloud-based Google Play offering, and the decision to provide a single set of terms and conditions across its services – so the prospect of GDrive finally launching soon isn’t inconceivable. But we’ve been down this road before, and so far we have nothing to show for it, so don’t get your hopes up just yet.

But do you think GDrive even matters? Do you feel like it’s something that’s been missing from Google’s ecosystem so far? Have you already filled that gap with a rival service like SkyDrive or Dropbox? And do you think that the reported 1GB of free storage will be enough for most users of Google's services? Be sure to share your thoughts with us below.

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for this to be a success besides the amount of space, it must be multi-platform, have an application like dropbox, and no limitation for file type or space.

Yay!

Now we can store more stuff on Google's servers for them to read, share, and use as they wish.

There is a reason companies like Microsoft encrypt stored data based on the user GUID and is not accessible for query or viewing by Microsoft or any Microsoft Employee.

All while Google 'DEFENDS' that the must keep all stored data 'employee/human' accessible, even when they are having to fire pedophiles for using people's data to blackmail teenagers.

Lookup Human readable data storage, Google is the poster example of what it is and why it is really bad on a so many levels.

Funny to read all these comments about something that is not confirmed in any way.

There's even a questionmark in the headline "Google GDrive cloud storage finally arriving next month?"...

Pwrmad said,
Funny to read all these comments about something that is not confirmed in any way.

There's even a questionmark in the headline "Google GDrive cloud storage finally arriving next month?"...

Agreed.
People like to leap on things like they're absolute truth. I'm interested to see what comes of this but i highly doubt the rumours of 1GB are true unless it's a beta thing.

Funny. Google always had more than competitive prices for their Google Docs storage, which nowadays supports all file types, not just documents. I thought they'd make a leap forward with this, like they did with Gmail, shocking everyone with the offered storage. Something like 50-100 GB free for GDrive.

This would really not be like Google, if this is their offer. 1 GB is small even if you would ask Google engineers, really small. The Google Docs generic storage is 10 GB, and apps exist to use that storage as a "drive".

I think Google has bigger plans regarding this. They are currently starting from 1GB just for experiments and will go till 50 GB for free I think. They certainly know about their competitors and with SkyDrive Application (like Dropbox local application) coming with Windows 8, Google has to do something more to attract the users.

I can't wait.

Mazhar said,
I think Google has bigger plans regarding this. They are currently starting from 1GB just for experiments and will go till 50 GB for free I think. They certainly know about their competitors and with SkyDrive Application (like Dropbox local application) coming with Windows 8, Google has to do something more to attract the users.

I can't wait.

This ^

I can't see Google finally releasing their "legendary" GDrive with a mere permanent 1GB! Google are smart and they know what people will want to use.

I was expecting something like 50GB free, but encompassing all Google's services e.g. Gmail, Docs, Music etc

If Google want this to work they have to launch from the outset with AT LEAST the same amount of storage space that SkyDrive currently offers, otherwise it just won't have any impact at all! Now, if they offer more space than the 25GB that SkyDrive offers, AND release a "Windows Live Mesh"-type desktop app to access/sync with it then it'd be worth a look... otherwise, sorry Google, but I suspect your "GDrive" will go the way that "Google+" has gone... lots of initial hype, which quickly fizzles out!

Already have Dropbox integrated with many of my things.. unless if they can come up with something fancy, it will be hard for people to switch as they come a bit late

Basically its just a rename of Docs. I got about 10gigs stored there of all file types something skydrive will not allow. with chrome you can just drag and drop files for upload. i can't imagine any big difference occurring. i am willing to pay them the $5 yearly fee. They do have expenses. i used to do it myself but harddrives are not cheap and they do not last forever.

So that Google can look at my documents for adverts? no thanks
Also this offering is **** and fails to compete in any way..
I think Microsoft really nailed it years ago with SkyDrive and I personally think DropBox is a joke as well. We don't need to redo something that works perfectly fine (placeholder for G+ and GMail here)

Riva said,
So that Google can look at my documents for adverts? no thanks
Also this offering is **** and fails to compete in any way..
I think Microsoft really nailed it years ago with SkyDrive and I personally think DropBox is a joke as well. We don't need to redo something that works perfectly fine (placeholder for G+ and GMail here)

To be honest, when skydrive was first released, I didn't like it too much as it was a bit of a weird one to get around as its name change and mesh/livesync all mixed up etc but...

I do use it now, and while its a bit wonky as a web app still, the intergration as a network drive in Windows makes it very pleasing to use. Also, the intergration into the windows phone is simply amazing, and from what I used in the Windows 8 CP, its going to be amazing there too.

I can't but help think google are scrabling to get their GDrive up and running so that they can offer it as an alternative to the Skydrive in Windows 8.

1 TB personal server sitting in the bottom of my entertainment center. I pull it out once a month to blow it out, been running non-stop with Debian Linux for 3 years now with no problems. I install updates about once a week and reboot it, and it's usually back up and running within 60 seconds.

I like Google and a lot of their products, but I don't trust my personal information to anybody's "cloud" service. Me and my AR-15 are a better security system than any chain link fence Google puts in place around its data-centers.

Walrush said,
So 1GB for storage, and 7GB for email. Oh yeah, that makes perfect sense Google.

It can be argued that mail is more restricted in use, so that they can more easily increase that storage without risking much. However, 10 GB for Google Docs. And Google Docs supports storage of anything now. RAR archives, video files, you name it. That's where the surprise is to me. It's a generic storage, and it even has applications to use it as a "GDrive". If this is just going to be 10% of that storage, it really doesn't make any sense, since Google already offer a much greater generic storage since years ago.

I got 3gb on dropbox Had 2, but sent invites, two got accepted adding 500mb and downloaded the Android app which got me another 500mb
Is there any thread around here to send / accept invites? I could use the space. lol

MidnightDevil said,
I got 3gb on dropbox Had 2, but sent invites, two got accepted adding 500mb and downloaded the Android app which got me another 500mb
Is there any thread around here to send / accept invites? I could use the space. lol

I have 8GB already. The easiest 3GB I earned was through http://blog.dropbox.com/?p=938

They had a bunch of tasks two years ago that I completed and I got 3GB when all was said and done.

$20 and you get 80 gigs on all of google services. I hope that Gdrive won't exclude from that lol coz i just paid them last week,

"do you think that the reported 1GB of free storage will be enough for most users of Google's services?"
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I can't take a 1GB offer even remotely serious.

if you all remember, GMAIL also started with 1 GB, maybe they would increment it over time like they did with time. Of course, back in the day, 1GB for mail and for free was a real big offer. Nowadays 1GB of only storage is noting, but Google ad always find ways to surprise and innovate. we must wait and see.

1 GB isn't much, but for storing documents it's perfectly fine. Live offers 2 GB I believe (I have it I should know but...) or am I thinking about my drop box free account? I forget. Ah well.

Tuishimi said,
1 GB isn't much, but for storing documents it's perfectly fine. Live offers 2 GB I believe (I have it I should know but...) or am I thinking about my drop box free account? I forget. Ah well.

Dropbox 2GB
Sky Drive 20GB (I Think)

dvferret said,

Lol, you both are wrong. It's 25 GB.

I was close and I was right about dropbox. The reason why few people can get it right is because Skydrive is hardly used by the enterprise. Dropbox has the bigger name with smallest storage space and Box does pretty well in the enterprise environment. Love my unlimited storage that I can access from my Galaxy Nexus, iPhone 4S, Motorola Xoom and my iPad.

UndergroundWire said,
I was close and I was right about dropbox. The reason why few people can get it right is because Skydrive is hardly used by the enterprise.

Who cares how much closer your guess was. The reason why some people can't get it right is because they fail to look it up before posting.

х.iso said,

Who cares how much closer your guess was. The reason why some people can't get it right is because they fail to look it up before posting.

Going off memory. It's not something that needs to be 100% accurate. Relax there buddy.

UndergroundWire said,

Going off memory. It's not something that needs to be 100% accurate. Relax there buddy.

I'm just trying to encourage people to check the facts before making statements, otherwise original information tends to get more and more distorted. You know, if GDrive going to offer only 1 Gb, than extra 5 Gb is a big deal.

Also there is more to it, Windows Live Mesh enables syncing desktop folders with other computers running Mesh (without any limitations) and also cloud sync with SkyDrive, but only limited to 5 Gb of it. so it's still bigger than Dropbox's 2Gb, but Dropbox free space can be expanded via invites (currently I have 5,5 Gb).

х.iso said,

I'm just trying to encourage people to check the facts before making statements, otherwise original information tends to get more and more distorted. You know, if GDrive going to offer only 1 Gb, than extra 5 Gb is a big deal.

Also there is more to it, Windows Live Mesh enables syncing desktop folders with other computers running Mesh (without any limitations) and also cloud sync with SkyDrive, but only limited to 5 Gb of it. so it's still bigger than Dropbox's 2Gb, but Dropbox free space can be expanded via invites (currently I have 5,5 Gb).

Considering the article at hand is all rumor, 1GB or 5GB doesn't matter until it is actually released.

I don't need preaching about SkyDrive. It's not a cross-platform app that a company would use. Quite frankly my company chose Box because of its solution and the app support for Android and iOS.

If company's want to compete for the enterprise sector, they have to meet the trends that are going on today. Box gets it, Microsoft doesn't.

M V E said,
I have 50GB on box.com for free and I LOL'd.
I have it too but try downloading multiple file or try syncing from your desktop(Only Paid).. Its annoying and it wont annoy any if they are not a heavy user... its better to have full functionality and less space than have to deal with all these annoying things.