Rumor: Google Drive cloud service launching next week?

For the past couple of months there have been rumors that Google plans to launch its own cloud-based data storage service. Today TheNextWeb.com reports that the service, called Google Drive, could launch as early as next week, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday.

The article claims it has received information about the launch and Google Drive's features from an unnamed partner. According to the site, Google Drive will launch with 5 GB of free cloud storage space for each user. That's higher than the 1 GB of free space that was previously rumored and also higher than Dropbox's free 2 GB space. However the amount is much smaller than the 25 GB of free cloud data space for users of Microsoft's Skydrive service.

The article adds that Google Drive will allow users to purchase additional storage space. The client will work inside desktop folder space for both the Windows and Mac version of the service.

As we have previously reported, Google co-founder Larry Page worked with a team back in 2007 to develop what was then called "G Drive". While the plan was to launch "G Drive" in late 2007, Google never followed through on those plans. Since that time the cloud data storage marketplace has exploded with services like Dropbox, Box and Skydrive all offering these kind of services.

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I'm really interested to see what Google put on the table. It's going to be really hard for them to match what DropBox offer however, they have the userbase and definitely the $$$ to make it happen. Interesting times a head.

3dfxman said,
5GB?, c'mon Google, you can do much better.

How about unlimited photo storage? How about free music streaming up to 20,000 songs? Damn, I wish that stuff was available. /s

UndergroundWire said,

How about unlimited photo storage? How about free music streaming up to 20,000 songs? Damn, I wish that stuff was available. /s

5gb is too low, way too low. With 25gb on skydrive and the deep integration on windows will mean game over for 5gb storage with millions of ads

mr lefleur said,

5gb is too low, way too low. With 25gb on skydrive and the deep integration on windows will mean game over for 5gb storage with millions of ads

Actually, it was game over for Microsoft as soon as they came out with Google Music. I don't need the Zune. I streamed my collection to my phone.

Also, Ads? I know you are a trying to hate Google and root for Microsoft all the way home, but try to be intelligent about it? No Google made Android App has ads. Gmail, Goggles, YouTube, Maps, Books, Movies, Music.

Please name 1 Android App made by Google that has advertisements on it? Stop pulling "information" out of your a--.

I'm glad you enjoy your SkyDrive. But I enjoy my unlimited picture storage and my free music streaming. There is no why Microsoft can compare to that. That actually gets real use out of it.

Edited by UndergroundWire, Apr 18 2012, 10:37am :

Toysoldier said,
Welcome to the party Google, late as usual I see.

I know what you mean. That whole Google music free streaming of up to 20,000 songs was ripped off from... wait give me a minute. Um, damn, who did that first?

Enron said,
Awesome, so now Google can sneak through my files to extract more information to serve me "relevant ads."

Very true, I wonder what they have in their agreement in regards to this... +1 to using Dropbox, god I love that tool!

Im at 15gb on my dropbox. If this will give me 5+ then I will happy to use it for other stuff. Some work computers cannot use thumbdrives and block dropbox so I wonder if this would bypass that.

ShareShiz said,
5gbs is nothing really. I have 20gbs on my dropbox already.

and 5gbs is even less than my 8gb on my key chain.

But they also have seperate image and music storage, not to mention much cheaper storage fees than Dropbox.

And if for example i could use it for saving all of my application data in the cloud then it would blow Dropbox out of the water in my opinion.

FISKER_Q said,

But they also have seperate image and music storage, not to mention much cheaper storage fees than Dropbox.

And if for example i could use it for saving all of my application data in the cloud then it would blow Dropbox out of the water in my opinion.

Not really, considering SkyDrive has 25GB, expandable to what was it going to be, 80GB for $5 a year? Then when Windows 8 comes you can save your "app data" on SkyDrive without it even counting towards the limit.

They had to bring features + space to compete with Dropbox and SkyDrive. Unless they overcome these two, there is no point in using GDrive.

It's more down to features than space for me personally. The dropbox integration is amazing so it would need to be like that for me to think about switching. You do only get 2GB with dropbox but it's really easy to earn free space, i currently have 6.2GB of free space and this is set to increase shortly.