Google’s new “Drive” Service Launches

Amid a vast sea of existing online storage options, such as Dropbox or iCloud, Google has now launched its own Google Drive storage solution. The new solution offers 5GB of free cloud-based storage and – well frankly, it seems like nothing that special. We already have so many existing options that offer basically the same experience. Like most of the competition it has a free option and many premium choices, in the Drive’s case that means you can stick with the free 5GB or move to 25 GB, 100 GB or 1 TB, for only $2.49, $4.99 and $49.00 per month, respectively.

So what can make Google Drive stand out? I’d wager that the leverage of its existing online applications, like Google Docs, could certainly help. Docs is now built right in to the Drive, letting users work easily with other people for collaboration on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. The search by keyword options in Google Drive also seem to be fairly robust. The biggest piece of leverage it probably has going for it is Android. More than likely we will see deep integration with the drive in future revisions of Android that make Drive more appealing than current alternatives, such as DropBox.

What do you think of Google’s new “Drive”, any chance it will really give is competition a run for its money, or instead, will it fall flat? We recommend taking a look at the Verge’s comparison of existing solutions next to the Google’s service to get an even better idea of whether or not the “Drive” is the right option for you.

You can also check out Google’s own promotional video, below.


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