Google’s cloud storage service – Drive, will offer 5 GB of free storage, according to a report. TalkDroid, which managed to grab the images of the cloud storage service, also said that the service will initially launch in Beta version.
Google Drive is a cloud servers based online storage service meant for everyone (hopefully). As The Mobile Indian also reported earlier, Google will launch the service early next month.
Now the leaked screenshot indicates that the Google Drive will be a downloadable software meant for computers, smartphones and laptops. Once the user has set it up using Google Account, all files uploaded can be accessed anywhere through – http://drive.google.com.
Google Drive service appears similar to the existing DropBox storage service that offers similar functionality. However, unlike Dropbox, the Google Drive will be launched with 5 GB free storage on sign-up and those who require more storage will have to pay for it. As of now, there are no details on the features this service will offer. From the leaked screenshots, we can infer that its web interface will resemble the current Gmail web interface.
Do note that every new Google service meant for public usage arrives on invite-only basis and then gets hammered heavily for disseminating the invites. Google+ or Google Plus is the classic example. Google may limit the number of invites and people that can sign up initially. So if you receive early invite to Google Drive, consider yourself lucky.
Google Drive may bring 5 GB free storage for PC, smartphones and tablets, but it would be interesting to see their charges to buy more online storage space.