Google is going to launch its much anticipated cloud storage service, Google Drive next week. As reported by TheNextWeb, Google Drive will be available for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android and will be free. It comes with 5GB free online storage and of course, you will be able to buy more space at an additional price. The 5GB free space that Google Drive comes with, is more than the 2GB free space that Dropbox comes with.
Below is what a Google Drive Screenshot tipped by TalkAndroid says:
Google Drive for Windows – Access files on your computer from anywhere
It’s free and installs in seconds
All your files – everywhere
Put files in Google Drive and you can access them on your desktop, mobile phone, or tablet and drive.google.com.
Always up to date
Make changes to a file in one place and it automatically updates everywhere.
5GB of free space
You get 5GB from the start and you can upgrade to get more space at any time.
Online Cloud Storage is a lucrative business and the big shots are getting into this as early as possible as file storage has become a way for the web service companies to retain users – remember Facebook’s interest in buying out Instagram for a whopping $1 billion?
And, with people starting to understand the importance of backing up and storing data, this is a niche worth investing in. I use Apple iCloud (to backup my photos via photostream) and Dropbox (for my docs) and they are a lifesaver at times making all my important docs and photos backed up and available from anywhere and on any device I use.
All these Online cloud storage companies are beginning to come out with cloud-based apps which enable me to have instant access to my online stuff.
Recently, LogMeIn launched their cloud sharing service, Cubby. With Google Drive joining the league, they will be directly competing with Amazon Cloud, Apple iCloud, Box.com, Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, and other online storage services. But its main competition is going to be with Dropbox and we will have to wait and watch what Dropbox does to retain its users – maybe they increase the free storage to 5GB 😉 or something of that sort. With competition growing in this sector, users are also getting benefitted with every service trying to prove its edge over the other.
Google Drive online storage service will be hosted at drive.google.com (currently not accessible). So, do check it out once it is announced to be live. We will keep you updated when it becomes available and will also be posting details about the service.
What do you think about Online Storage services and which one do you use and why?