Google Docs Storage Expands to 5GB, Launch of Drive Imminent
Google's cloud-based data storage service, Drive, is expected to launch today, according to a Reuters report and leaked info from Google's French site.Ever since the appearance of a leaked Google press release containing information about Drive, the companys free, cloud-based storage service, the technology world has been waiting for Google to officially announce the platform. In what may be a sign of Drives imminent launch, the company has upgraded the storage capacity for users on its documents platform, Google Docs, to 5GB. According to a report on the tech blog SlashGear, leaked details from Google's French site said Google would offer up to 16GB of storage and would be integrated with Google Docs, with the ability to share and collaborate on documents. According to the report, 20GB of storage would cost $4 a month.
A Reuters report quoted an unnamed source familiar with the matter who said Google would also offer larger capacities of data storage (up to 100GB) for a monthly fee. The move would bring the search giant into direct competition with startups like Dropbox and Box, which both offer free online data storage, and could prompt social networking behemoth Facebook into a cloud storage acquisition.
"If Facebook was to buy Dropbox, that would be a game-changer," Richard Edwards, principal analyst at research firm Ovum, told the BBC, noting that Google is arriving to the cloud-based storage party rather late. "I would see this as an extension to its Google Docs offering, and it could provide value to its social network Google+, allowing the sharing of files that are too big to email. I will be looking to see how I can synchronize content stored in the cloud to all my devices to access as and when I want.