Google Drive Goes Live; But iOS App Not Available at Launch

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As expected, Google has just launched Google Drive – its long rumored cloud-based storage service to compete with products such as Dropbox, SugarSync etc.

Google Drive will allow users to upload and access all their files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs etc.

Here’s what you can do with Google Drive:

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just… there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
  • Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.

Google has launched only an Android app and plans to launch an iOS app in the future, which comes as a major disappointment as we expected the iOS app to available at the time of the launch.

Google is giving away 5GB storage for free to all users. You can also choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month, compared to $14.99 monthly on SugarSync and $19.99 on Dropbox for 100GB.

You can download the Drive app for Mac from this link or for Windows from this link. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of Google Drive in the comments.

[via Official Google blog]

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  • Chris

    The logo is weird! Where is the red… Doesn’t look right without all of google’s colors IMO.

  • Thom

    Well it’s not available yet on my mac yet. I will be notified when it is so says the link I clicked on above.

  • Ray

    And what of Googles privacy policy?
    If its the same as their web & email, there’s nothing to stop them snooping on anyone’s files whenever they feel like it, IF they feel it is necessary, and they don’t even have to let you know!
    It sounds a good service with plenty of storage, but I’ll stick with iCloud for the present.

  • Bob

    I have 10 skydrive accounts at 25gb each….all free. Come on google you will have to do better the that

  • nerdshowandtell

    FYI – Google Drive IS really Google Docs w/ Updates and new features to integrate across all of Google’s services.. So its more than just dropbox or skydrive competition, its an expansion of Google Docs to make it easily accessible from Windows/mac’s (like clicking a google doc that’s synced, and it opens up in google docs / browser).. It is already has a lot more potential than just being a “Dropbox”.

    • Joe

      But those links are just empty links that go to the google doc in the browser. You don’t get a local copy of the spreadsheet or doc.

  • sam

    One more incomplete solution from google, they get into every space w/o doing much home work. There is no iphone app yet., while every other file storage company does. They need to learn from apple how to do product launches.

    Google has dropped sooooo many products while adding new products.

    they can do this till search $$ runs out

    • Guan

      Do you mean how iCloud and FaceTime are available on Android and Windows devices?

    • Hmmm?

      I am fairly certain there is only an iOS app for iCloud so not sure what they can learn for Apple there. From what I have seen, Sky Drive might be the best but who knows what might Google might update to make Drive better. It is a pretty decent start.

  • jake

    would suck a lot less if there wasn’t a #@$%#$% WAITING LIST :/

  • jake

    also, while I’m fully aware of and tortured daily by the funky and horrifying code smells in Android, it’s actually kind of rewarding to see iOS getting a nice, chunky mouthful of second class citizen for once 🙂 Drink up, guys!

    • On iOS

      waaa. waaa. I’ll call you a waambulance

  • Antonia

    Holy crap if they aren’t copying Apple’s ads too

  • On iOS

    and could care less. Thanks skydrive and dropbox.