Feb 16 AT 6:44 PM Taylor Wimberly 52 Comments

Google Drive spotted in the wild, launch could be imminent


Last week the Wall St. Journal reported that Google would be launching a cloud storage service in the coming weeks. It now appears that the launch could be imminent as a reader of GeekWire discovered that the Google Drive service had already been enabled on his account.

Google Drive is expected to be free for most consumers and businesses and allow them to upload photos, documents, and videos to the cloud for easy access from any connected device. We don’t know the exact amount of storage space that users will get for free, but it is assumed that Google will allow customers to purchase extra space.

Leaked Google Drive logo.

The leaked screen shot of Google Drive also hints at a desktop client with a link that says “Install Google Drive.” There was also a favicon leaked that gives us a preview of the Google Drive logo.

I know a lot of Android fans already use Dropbox or Box, but it will be nice to have another cloud storage option that could be deeply integrated into Android devices and Google’s other services. Be on the lookout for an official announcement in the coming days.

Source: Geekwire

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  • BearDroid

    I thought this was going to be a Google car and then I was majorly let down.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Driverless cars are still in the works hehe.

    • nathalie

      Apple cloud is the best

      • NotRelevent

        Apple sucks ass.

      • SGB101

        i cloud is horrid, the only thing worse is itunes for windows.

  • txbluesman

    I’m ready for it. Bring it!!!

  • Hall Lo

    Anytime, Google. Just release it anytime and we will be ready to use it ;)

  • Deeds

    Can’t wait

  • ArticulateFool

    I’m stoked to see the integration with Android.

    This could be a great place for cwm and titanium backups.

    • 4n1m4l

      Or imagine taking pictures on vacation and never running out of space….

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        Google+ already has auto-upload of photos to the cloud. Have you tried it yet?

      • https://plus.google.com/105652260730187717963/posts erik knudsen

        Google+ is great for autoupload of pictures and videos. I was messing around with my tablet…lost everything. All the pictures and videos were already on Google+ waiting on me to post them.

      • George

        what about taking pictures and storing them locally and never running out of space! but google decided a 32gb nexus is not for us.

        maybe they are pushing the cloud?

    • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

      Agreed. If this syncs from device to cloud as well as cloud to device (unlike dropbox) I’ll be in love.

  • spazby

    very exciting

  • Jorge Vieira

    Im excited! I love what the google ecosystem is growing into.

  • hinds

    Looking forward to the Google drive to come! It’s always interesting and fresh with Android! Never a boring grid of icons moment at All!

  • Max.Steel

    Already use Dropbox, this would have to match or beat EVERY feature and service of Dropbox right out the gate for me to consider switching. I’ll get one but Dropbox will still remain my primary cloud service for now.

  • http://ericweiss.me Eric Weiss

    I’m so excited for this! And of course I just reupped my annual Dropbox. What is the URL to see if it’s been turned on for our account? drive.google.com?

  • Mustin

    I was also thinking about the self-driving car system they’re working on. I’m paying for BackBlaze, which I like and will probably stick with. I’m getting a little nervous about having all my Googles in one Google.

  • Thomas MacDougall

    i’d still like to see both though

  • Nicholas

    Am I the only one skeptical about this leak? For me it looks awfully similar to Google Docs page.

    • http://ericweiss.me Eric Weiss

      Yes it is very similar to Google Docs. Also Gmail, Google Reader, Google Voice, Google Webmaster Tools, etc. It’s also very similar to the ‘accidental’ look Google gave back in September: http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/24/google-drive-is-coming/

    • Terry

      You’re not the only one. The bar doesn’t look like the current version. Wouldn’t you think they would have rolled out the newest version to early recipients of Drive?

  • E-man

    Oh Google, you will run the world.

  • NotRelevent

    No I think that’s more to do with the fact that phones have more on board storage, thereby making SD cards pointless.

  • Vance

    It will be nice to keep everything in once place, eventually.. though I am so integrated right now into Dropbox and Evernote, I hardly even use Google Docs (only when creating online questionnaires for customers) but if Google can bring it (which I’m sure they will) I’ll drop Dropbox for Drive all day.

  • greeny42

    More integrated storage space is always welcome.

  • jsweetser2

    I have a 500MB drive that sits on my computer desk, unconnected – that has lots and lots of files from up to 15 years ago stored on it. From photos to documents…all the stuff i never want to lose. Having it unhooked is my security prevention from a virus traveling across drives and hurting it. Google cloud would solve that security issue (and having to lug it with me for presentations) and i’m VERY excited for this Google Drive.

  • xallies

    Well for starters I wish it was done in HTML 5 and rendered to function like an OS. Can anyone say game changer?

  • docsparks

    Respect and treat their developers like the bread and butter they are for Google.. just for starters

  • Raptor

    Well, during last several months I’ve completely lost respect for Goooooo….pycats

  • Leo Young

    I have been using Dropbox since beta and I have been completely satisfied. It is an awesome piece of software and an awesome service.
    I will not be leaving any time soon.

  • George

    nice initiative from Google to take over the planet :P I don’t mind. Having all my services under one roof feels better to me.

    I will gladly switch from Dropbox to Drive, just as long as I get the same-ish amount of space (Currently around 7GB with dropbox thanks to referals)

  • George

    oh and https://drive.google.com/ just points to an “error”, nothing more :p Should be launching soon!!

  • Seb

    https://drive.google.com/ gives me a “Redirecting…” loop, there’s definitely something here!!! Keeps switching between accounts.google.com and drive.google.com…

  • Andros69

    Google Drive is also in the code for Docs. With a simple tweak of the CSS, you can see the button for “Add to My Drive”. I posted a screenshot on G+.


  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Yes! More Google, more! Can’t wait for this, just love all the little updates the Big G is throwing lately to apps and the web (finally a new and better “Black Top Bar” hit my desktop), but all the great services.

    I don’t even have the Drive yet, but thanks Google. Also, this will be replacing Google Docs as it was previously mentioned?

  • WlfHart

    Now there is a cloud I’d trust.

  • sylar

    Hmm this sounds very useful, already use Google docs a lot so this would be my logical next step.

  • Alex

    this screen shot is fake. there are two “pdf” files that dont have the same filetype icon. someone just photoshopped google docs.

    why is there a “create” button in this product? wouldnt that button be “upload” instead? it’s just google docs photoshopped people

  • ccn_cristi

    Nice! Can’t wait!

  • Ivan Todorov

    Probably will kill all services of that kind but still I want it!!! :)

  • Burnd

    .. Lay their hands off your privacy.