Mar 30 AT 8:15 AM Anthony Domanico 21 Comments

Google Drive to feature free 5GB of storage, in-app document editor

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The folks over at Talk Android have come across a screenshot which shows some further details on Google’s upcoming Google Drive cloud storage platform. Many were expecting Google to go the way of Dropbox and offer users 2GB of free storage with premium tiers for additional storage. While Google will certainly offer premium tiers to customers, all users will be presented with 5GB of free storage. Certainly not a significant amount of storage, but more than most of the competitors are offering, with some notable exceptions like Box which offers 50GB to most users.

According to support documents, Google Drive will also feature a built-in document editor, suggesting that Google Drive may be more of an extension of Google Docs than a standalone cloud storage service, though users will likely be able to upload multiple types of files to Google Drive. Engadget notes that the service could also be a complete re-branding of the Google Docs platform, with an expansion for multiple file types and a 4GB increase in the amount of available storage.

We should be seeing official unveiling of Google Drive over the course of the next few weeks, where all our outstanding questions of the service will hopefully be answered.

Via: Engadget

Source: Talk Android

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  • honourbound68

    yummy free storage! love my google music storage and this is good too

    • AppleFUD

      Yeah, I uploaded over 200G of music! Nice to have it there backed-up even if I’m not listening to it all the time.

      5GB for docs would be pretty good if they allow for large file size uploads and continue with the unlimited if in gDoc format–the free 50G on Box is a pain for anything other than syncing–file size limit is just too small.

    • amgala

      I don’t know if Google would use the same pricing scheme, but to add 20 GB to GMail only costs $5 per year! That’s crazy cheap compared to other cloud services.

    • LukeT32

      Between Google Music and Gmail I have everything I need on the cloud. 5 gig should be plenty for most users.

  • Jorge Vieira

    Cool, more cloud storage! I just recently setting using google Docs and its pretty neat. I love how google keeps expanding the eco system.

  • tupz

    I hope they don’t eff this up. I can’t wait to see how they implement this!

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Anyone know if people who already pay for additional storage will just have all of this data storage lumped together?

  • fletchtb

    I can’t wait to start using this! I am sure it will integrate well with the rest of the Google ecosystem.

  • George

    Dang, I was hoping GDrive would be 20+ gigs for starters – I had to find an excuse to switch from BOX (50GB) … I love Google and I wish everything was in 1 place … but sadly 5GB won’t cut it!

    Hoping google gets the following soon:
    Google Sports
    Google Fantasy Sports (Hockey pool yeah!)
    Google Comics

  • Max.Steel

    Been using dropbox for almost a year now and it’s been flawless. Google Drive needs to really top them and offer tight integration to get a lot of dropbox users. Anyway, free storage is always good though.

  • Stella

    I’m interested to see what Google Drive add to the online/cloud storage experience and how it will work with the Google ecosystem. 5GB may be small for some folks but hopefully we will be able to upgrade our storage if needed.

    • Futureboy

      I am certain users will be able to upgrade storage. For a while now, Google has been offering extra storage for a ridiculously low price. Here are their current rates:
      https://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=39567

      As of this post, extra storage with Google costs a lot less than the others. And upgrading is super easy.

  • J3R3MY_H

    Dropbox is the best because of the ease of uploading. If Google can make it just as easy or easier then I’m in.

  • spazby

    nothing better than free storage… up the size a little though

  • xallies

    It would be great if they ran a desktop running on html5 which is able to be used like a traditional Desktop. Such functions like drag and drop, folders, icon view, right and left click compatible and here’s to hoping streaming programs from one comp to another, but that’s not necessary.

  • Slith

    Can’t wait! If they want us to store all our media from the Play Store there, I hope it is not too costly to up the capacity.

  • itguy426

    It is nice to see people start adding more free storage. You could use a few different services now and have quite a bit of storage. I know that is not the greatest way to do it but you can break up the different storage sites with different media to keep it easy. The worst part about this is they keep putting more and more in the cloud and we are getting less and less for data usage on our networks. Funny how they promote the 4G networks but almost everyone is limited. They need to start working with the companies to get it to a higher rate. I bet they already have worked with them and are getting a cut of the overages.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Can’t wait!

  • xsynth

    Hopefully it will replace Docs and not just be a stand alone area, it makes sense too.
    5GB is pretty good, it may tick up and keep increasing like it does in gmail

  • Pallen

    I already use Google docs to store all kinds of documents formats for backups. I find up/down loading is very easy. So I don’t see this adding much capability other than drag drop that people expect as it apparently does make it easier for some.

  • rohan

    I really hope its not US only..