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]