Apr 24 AT 11:06 AM Anthony Domanico 52 Comments

Google Drive details emerge, launching today on PC, Mac, Android [Update: LIVE!]


The wait for Google Drive has been a long one, but it will soon be over for PC, Mac, and Android users. A document was accidentally pushed live on Google’s French blog, where it was quickly removed, but not before Gerwin Strum was able to make a copy of the document and run it through Translate.

From the leak, we now know that Google Drive will be rolling out to Google users en masse later today, and Google Drive applications will be going live on PC, Mac, and Android at the same time (iOS users are left out in the cold for now). As expected, Google Drive will come with 5 free GB of storage, and will feature close integration with Google Docs. In fact, Google calls Drive the next iteration of Google Docs in the leaked memo.

Many of you have noticed by now that your Google Docs storage limit has increased from 1 to 5GB in anticipation of the Drive launch. Additional space can be bought in 20GB increments for $4/month, up to a maximum of 16 TB per user on the enterprise side. It’s unclear what the storage options will be for individual users at this time, though current options are found here. Google is guaranteeing an uptime of 99.9%, likely in an attempt to persuade enterprise customers that they can rely on Google’s service.

We should be getting our grubby little hands on the Google Drive application for Android a bit later today. For now, you can read the translated Google Drive posting by clicking the “Show Press Release” button below.

UPDATE: Android application is live.


Show Press Release

Posted by Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President, Google Chrome & Apps

Today we launch Google Drive, a centralized space where you can create, share, collaborate and store all your documents. You establish a budget with your staff that you develop a presentation with a working group or hosting a seminar, you can now do it in Drive. Download and access all your documents, videos, photos, Google Docs, PDF, etc..

Next step in the evolution of Google Docs and functionality of downloading any material, Drive will allow you to live, work and play in the Cloud.

Google Drive, you can:
Create and collaborate. Google Docs is integrated directly into Google Drive, allowing you to work in real time with colleagues on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Add and reply to comments on any media (PDF, image, videotape, etc.) and be informed when other people comment on or wish to share documents with you

Keep your documents securely and access anywhere and any device connected to the Internet. All your documents are just … there. Whatever happens. Drive you can install on your Mac, PC or download the application Drive on your phone or Android tablet. IOS version of the application will be available in the coming weeks. Drive is also accessible to visually impaired people using a screen reader tool

Search All. Search by keyword and filter by document type, owner, activity, etc.. Drive can even recognize the text content of a document scanned by technology OCR. For example, if you download the scanned image of an old newspaper clipping, you can search using one of the words quoted in the article. We have even begun to tap the image recognition: if you upload a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Drive, the next time you search the term Eiffel Tower, the image will appear in the results

Open more than 30 types of documents directly from a Web browser — including high-definition video, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop — even without the proper software installed on your computer

We know that you need to access your documents in order to work everyday. Google Drive uses the same infrastructure as any other Google Apps services, which means it also has the same administrative tools, security and reliability, among others:

Centralized management: new tools are available in the Apps control interface for administrators to add or remove storage space for individual or groups of users

Security: encryption of data transfer between your browser and our servers, and check option 2 in time to prevent non-authorized access to an account by requiring users to log on returning secure code generated from their mobile phone

Data replication: synchronous replication of data in multiple data centers ensures the safety and accessibility of your records even in the unlikely event one of our data centers is temporarily unavailable

Availability: 99.9% uptime guarantee so you can be assured that your documents are accessible when you need it

Each user has access to Google Apps 5GB storage included in the suite Google Apps administrators can centrally manage and purchase additional storage space. When a user reaches the limit, administrators can purchase the necessary space of 20GB for $ 4 per month to 16TB (Google Docs are not counted in the quota of storage space).

Starting today, Google Apps administrators will see new orders for Drive in their management interface. Users of companies have opted for the quick launch, will enable Google Drive on drive.google.com / start and will receive their access in the following weeks.

Drive is designed to work harmoniously with all the products you use — whether Google products or third party service. You can share your photos on Google Drive + and will soon be able to attach documents directly into your emails Drive Gmail. Drive is intended to be an open platform, so we work with many third party developers, allowing you to do things such as sending faxes, edit videos and create models directly from Drive website. To install these applications, visit the Chrome Web Store and follow the events for more useful applications to come.

It is only the beginning of Google Drive, many developments are coming. Stay tuned!

Via: Google Blog

Source: Google Drive

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  • mrkrstphr

    There’s a little voice in the back of my head screaming that it’s a bad idea to have all of my data stored with Google (email, docs, music, photos, contacts, etc, and now files), but it’s just so damn convenient that I force myself to ignore that voice.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      Such is the way of the cloud. And the bad/scary thing is that the gov’t is allowed to access anything you have in the cloud once it’s been there for 6 months. Love the cloud, hate the artificial man-made issues!

      • Stakis1

        Your comment is incredibly misleading. Just like ANY government data acquisition, a warrant and probable cause are needed in order to access customer data from users of cloud technology. (I can personally vouch for at least Google on this.) Say what you will about the gov’t, but your data is no less safe from the US gov in Google’s cloud than on your own PC.

        • pjamies

          Actually, you are not totally correct .. Patriot Act section 505 .. allows the government to openly look at anything it wants, even if it has nothing to do with an act of terrorism … it’s stupid scary!!

          What it does: Section 505 authorizes the use of what’s essentially an administrative subpoena of personal records. The subpoenas require no probable cause or judicial oversight.

          The law before and how it changed: Before Patriot, these letters could only be issued against individuals who were reasonably suspected of espionage. But Patriot loosened the standard by allowing the letters to be used against anyone, including U.S. citizens, even if they themselves are not suspected of espionage or criminal activity. These letters may now be issued independently by FBI field offices, rather than by senior officials. And unlike Section 215 warrants, they are not subject to even perfunctory judicial review or oversight.

          The records that can be obtained through the letters under Patriot include telephone logs, e-mail logs, certain financial and bank records, and credit reports, on the assertion that such information would be “relevant” to an ongoing terrorism investigation. They cannot be used in ordinary criminal investigations. Unlike 215, no court order–not even a rubber-stamped order–is required. Those forced to turn over records are gagged from disclosing the demand.

    • Paul

      For me the cloud is for backup, I have a Network Attached Storage drive will all my music, photos, videos & docs, so I want to sync all to the cloud, Just in case.

  • spazby

    excellent, how long before they bump the free storage to a higher number?

  • NegativeOne13

    I still think Dropbox might be getting bought out.

  • SGB101

    i wonder how this will work long side picasa, i pay google bout 6$ per yer for 20gb, i ws hoping all the storage ie docs, photos, music etc all ends up in one virtual drive, but $4 per month is bit of n increase on $6 yer!!!

    il still use bropbox for sync, and skydrive as my secondary storage dump, at 25gb for free, it would be rude not to. and il see where the G-Drive will fit in.

    as atm, my dropbox is t 33Gb and sky drive t 25Gb and my google around 27Gb, im quite well catered for.

    • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

      Am I losing my mind? Right after I downloaded Drive, I clicked the “upgrade storage” link and the page said “20GB of storage for $5/year”. 10 minutes later, the page now says “25GB for $2.49/month”. Am I the only person who saw this?

      • SGB101

        i ger this to, but the 25gb is the second option for me, i have a first option that says 20gb for $5 per year.

        and in my G-drive i have 25Gg. fingures crossed im granfathered in to 25gb for $5 per year. it is strange tho as it looks as if my 20gb twice as n picasa i have 28+gb and G-Drive25Gb, and nothing overlapping so for the time being im geting 40Gb.

        • SGB101


          How to keep your old plan

          Google storage plans have changed, but you can stay on your current plan as long as you:

          -Keep your account active
          -Keep payment information in Google Wallet accurate and up-to-date
          -Don’t cancel or upgrade your current plan

          If your account lapses, your credit card is declined, or you choose to change your storage plan in any way (upgrade or downgrade), you’ll be switched to the new Google storage plan.

  • Ryan

    I just went into the Play store to updated Minecraft PE and it says I have an update to Google Drive. Um….what? It looks like it was Google Docs.

    • Ryan

      Well it is Google Docs updated. When you launch it wanted me to join Google Drive but clicking “Get Started” took me to a 404 page. 3rd try and it worked….I’m ‘Driving’. HAHA

      • T1392

        3rd try worked for me too. “Driving” haha

  • T1392

    Got update for google docs that changed it to google drive can be found on galaxy nexus by typing google drivr cause google drive didn’t show up when typing it in on playstore

    • cthonctic

      Really? Showed for me when I searched for “Google Drive” and was listed as Update. They must’ve fixed the search entry in the meantime.

  • AuthenticMe

    The 5GB of free storage will be the reason I migrate from DropBox. I cannot wait for this to release later.

  • Vance

    And away we go…. https://drive.google.com/start#home
    I wonder how it will compare to dropbox.. the video shows a hint of real time collaboration (Wave, anybody??) That would be sweet if this, combined with Google Docs, can simplify real time collaboration for me and my sales team!

  • Bryan Stoner

    Nice guys! App is great! Thanks for the heads up!

  • Luca

    google is the last entry in the sector, no need to give them some other data. I have 50GB free on Box and 25 free on M$ for office, I use ASUS webstorage as a backup and sync, £25/yr for unllimited content (granted as a loyalty old customer). there are so many others, more convenient and specialized, than the usual ones and with the same amount of free data, more or less. take cubby, for example, which is a great new idea to share data with people, or spider oak, sugarsync. give me just half a reason to use google drive…

  • Lightning7

    Google Docs is evolving! …………! Google Docs is now Google Drive!

  • Varemenos

    Whole lotta disappointed

    • HeLLO

      A whole lotta STFU

  • some internet dude

    Google drive just went live on Google Play, waiting for the Mac client.

  • NegativeOne13

    Only thing I don’t see is how to create a URL for posting. Maybe I just missed it.

  • dVyper

    Google, slowly taking over the world…

  • aranea

    I got my app already! :)

  • dVyper

    The logo looks exactly like the Natwest logo. What’s up with that!?!?

  • Bob Smith

    Cost at least for me is $2.49 for 25GB/month

  • spazby

    awesome, took a few tries but i am in now

  • Nate B.

    Damn over 5M downloads already? This after the Gnex on the play store. They just need to launch it Global for now on for every carrier and we will be good.

    • mickjen

      5M updates is more like it! It was Google Docs, and changed the name n logo. I signed in, but I am “to be notified” when my Drive is ready.

      I too have the 50G box account, but never use it.

      Anyone know if this storage INCLUDES your gmail usage?

      • kevjj10

        It doesn’t include gmail usage, that’s separate and won’t take up any google drive space. You do however get more gmail space if you are a paid subscriber with google drive. You get 25 gb instead of the now 10gb free storage.

  • anamika

    PC? Its just Windows. No Linux client :(

  • alexanderharri3

    Hmm….with Dropbox being my main syncing client (~10GB thanks to HTC + Referrals @EDU and Dropquest)….and Skydrive being perfect for storage (yay 25GB)…..How many different clouds can it be logical to use at once…

    Not to mention sugarsync….and the rest…Where is the place for Docs rebranded + desktop sync….hmm..

    Sync/real time collab is only useful if they can get formatting to play nice with office, and people to play nice with Docs…..which…from University experience with Google Apps….”how can i download a google document and print it with microsoft word?”….it’s not going to be so easy to take away the human factor in collab. (Dropbox file deletion temp versioning is a livesaver for those who think deleting files in shared folder is a great idea)

  • chrisghenea

    I believe this release is kind of rushed. Max 24 hours ago Microsoft upgraded their Skydrive and now Google releases Google Drive? Just a coincidence?

    • cthonctic

      We knew for a really long time Drive was coming, only the exact date wasn’t clear until a few days ago. Who rushed something out in response to the competition now?

      • mickjen

        OMG, both of you, if anyone has been shoving the cloud down people’s throats, it would be Apple, so you’re both wrong. Shhhhhh……..

  • mickjen

    Wait, there’s no web based way to look at your Drive yet, right?

    Does this mean I can store all my pics in G Drive, and just frickin get rid of Picasa?!

  • bionic

    i hope I’ll finally be able to download any of my docs in PDF format via the app. (Was disappointed that Google Docs app didn’t have this feature.)

  • Nathan D.

    Nice, thank for the update.

  • Dan Jones

    I updated the app, but it still says my Google drive isn’t ready yet. Another progressive rollout.

    Anyway, 5gb isn’t that much more than I’ve already got from Dropbox. And if they don’t get a Linux client, it’s not that useful to me.

  • tp

    Absolutely devved I didn’t buy 85GB yesterday for $20.

    Devved :(

  • jspiby2

    The music section in google play still isn’t available in the UK until then google drive is just a online storage like dropbox, google need to get there act together when it comes to other countrys I mean aren’t more android phones sold around the world compaired to the USA, if they ever want to seriously compete again apple they need to release to the whole world at the same time!

    • george

      GMusic requires an US IP only for signing up. Use TOR to fake your access country and that’s it, then you can use it everywhere in the world

      • jspiby2

        Ive tried this In the past its a lot of trouble I don’t want to go down that route again and to be honest we shouldn’t have to, google just need to get there Ass in gear, all I want to do is upload my music off my laptop so I can play it on my mobile phone, you can do this with dropbox but when I tried it you could only play one track at a time and not like a whole album! Bloody crazy

        • george

          you could try MEAR di asus webstorage https://www.asuswebstorage.com/mear/ it’s not well known but it works fine and syncs on desktop and mobile. it’s only 2GB free but the year subscription is not so expensive

  • OutofPlace

    The difference with Google Drive is going to need to be functionality. I would venture that many people who are interested in a cloud drive already have something along those lines. And, candidly, 5gb is not that much of an incentive to leave Box (I have 50gb free) or Dropbox (19.5gb free).

    So Google is going to need to make the interface super useful and impressive for me to make a transition to their cloud. Otherwise, what will likely happen is that I’ll sign up, park some crap there that I never use (but don’t want to loose) and forget about it.

  • smeghead68

    Isn’t this just like dropbox at the moment? what makes this better or different?

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    I use this feature to insert pictures into forums and blogs, and for send files to my friends/coworkers [it's simpler that send big files via email].

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