Google has now formally announced their online storage service. While on the face of it, it sounds like a competitor to Dropbox – it has a few features that I am sure will come in handy.
From the Google Drive site…
Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience. You can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail. Drive is also an open platform, so we’re working with many third-party developers so you can do things like send faxes, edit videos andcreate website mockups directly from Drive. To install these apps, visit the Chrome Web Store—and look out for even more useful apps in the future.
Lifehacker covers the new service, Google Drive Is Alive: 5GB of Free Dropbox-Like Storage on Google’s Servers
Like Dropbox, Google Drive has an app for Windows and OS X that will sync all your documents, videos, and other files with the cloud. There’s also an Android app and a (forthcoming) iOS app for mobile access. Each user gets 5GB for free, and can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49 a month, 100GB for $4.99 a month, or even 1TB for $49.99 a month. If you upgrade, it’ll also raise your Gmail storage to that level. For those of you keeping score, that’s a lot cheaper than Dropbox.
So far it seems Windows, OS X, iOS and Android will sync with the new service. However, no mention of Linux or other phone operating systems.
At the same time, Google Mail is now up to 10 Gb – as explained in this Google blog post.
Update: Engadget reports that Google is telling Linux users to ‘hang tight’…