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Google Drive Launching Next Week with 5GB of Free Storage?


According to The Next Web, Google’s Dropbox competitor known as Drive, will launch next week on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac. When released, users will receive 5GB of free storage with the option to upgrade to more at various price levels.

What we are trying to decide though, is if we care? Dropbox and Box are both awesome cloud storage services with great Android apps, so why switch? I already have 50GB on Box for free and another 30GB on Dropbox thanks to my HTC One X, so why would I want to migrate over to Google’s new service? Well for one, it adds another level to the ecosystem. Our email, contacts, music, navigation, maps, calendars, etc. are all run by Google, so this would add a missing piece. If your life is dedicated to Google, you should be happy about this. If you love stiff competition outside of the mega-companies, then this may ruffle your feathers.

Ready for Google Drive or are you satisfied with the others?

Via:  TheNextWeb

  • ddh819

    when i click on the link for “drive.google.com” on my phone, it prompts me to choose whether to open it in the browser or Docs, so its already set up for android.

  • J Dub

    I have a Box account, but don’t use it because unlike Dropbox it isn’t unified across all platforms. I don’t want to open a browser and login. I like Dropbox where I just open it like another folder. Easy. I can install it across all platforms including Linux. 

  • Kevin Olson

    I’ll take it!

  • This and getting chrome os to support third party programs (emulators) is all thats keeping me and google apart.  Now that they have a real cloud its one more thing off the list.  Im pumped for this and am really hoping it comes with some sort of secret bonus.

  • Dom Suppa

    If it’s fully intergrated in ICS I will gladly abandon my DropBox account

  • This reminds me in the early 2000s that I use to use X-Drive. it was pretty spiffy. lol now everyone makes a big deal over “cloud services”.

  • Dropbox is still going to be the best choice. 

    The difference is that DropBox actually has customer service. That’s worth the extra money. If you can get hold of someone to talk to at Google about a problem you are having then please feel free to share that number. I have never been able to get an issue with Google resolved, even as a paying customer. 

  • Seriously, what’s with the question marks in the headline? All of this info has been confirmed.

  • Joe12304

    Want so hard.

  • ddevito


    This was a project that was ready for launch like 5 or 6 years ago and the Chrome team canned it because they felt the idea of a “file” didn’t apply anymore (umm, yeah, umm, no not really). Now they decide to bring it back. For what reason? Extra revenue? 

    Unless they integrate it into Android I think this is 5 years too late. 

  • Matthew Harmon

    It would be nice if there was no file upload size limit.

  • Steven Letourneau

    Already use Insync (cheaper using Google Docs than Box or Dropbox) so after Drive I will just be more integrated into Google.

  • BR27540

    Google Docs integration? Would be very nice if so.

  • Box and Dropbox have limits of the size of uploaded files. Hope Google doesnt have such limits. 

  • Shcommish

    Google is starting to scare me!  I might keep it separate!

  • This is awesome. I have basically unlimited storage for all types of docs (Google Docs), images and video (G+), music (GMusic), and now an extra 5GBs for really anything else. 

  • No Linux love? Fascists. You can already pay for extra storage at Google (which gets spread across all your Google services on top of the various free parts), and you can store whatever document you want on Google Docs. So really all this does is bump up the free Docs storage (from 1 GB to 5 GB)  and give you a better interface for it (well, unless you’re a Linux user, in which case Dropbox and SpiderOak are good alternatives that have great Linux support… just no symlink support due to the dependence on S3, etc…).

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I love DB and I think it will always be #1 to me but I always always jump on any free cloud storage offer. Even the illegal ones like the HTC scam.

  • and lets hope i can start streaming uploaded video from gDrive.   i’d love to just upload a movie and stream that.

  • i am excited about this.  now the truth is that i have 5 gigs of dropbox space but i dont see it getting to be much more unless i really try to get my friend using the service.  


    so another 5 gigs, that is synced with my 20 gigs ($5 per year) on google will be great.

  • Tyler Chappell

    I currently have 6.75GB on my Dropbox account, I certainly wouldnt mind another 5GB with Google Drive, especially if it offers seamlessly integrated features, as I imagine it will.

    • gmanthebrave


      I wouldn’t mind if they use the same Gdrive storage I have
      and integrate it with the Cloud
      Google Drive service.  I filled up my Gdrive already and I need more
      room, so I hope they get this ball rolling soon.  I filled up my old DVR all the time too when
      I only had 55 hours of HD storage.  Now I
      have the Hopper whole-home DVR from my employer and 150 HD hours is plenty for
      our family.  Of course I will have to
      limit my series that I save, but we divide it all equally so we don’t

  • 5GB, I’ll sign up if it has some decent tools.  I do love the Dropbox sync tool under windows!  If you wanna sign up for some Dropbox, go to: http://db.tt/RsqVv4gG and help a bro get some geebees! 🙂

  • Salvador Valdivia

    Google is taking over the tech world, we need to limit their influence over our lives.

  • I only have a few qualms with Dropbox, mostly minor. The integration of Drive into Android could be pretty big.

  • Trevor

    Where’s the green?

  • T Hall

    I am a huge Picasa user and have all my music with Google now, so this is a huge plus for me.  

  • Would be nice to integrate into Android’s OS to automatically backup and sync apps, txt msgs, phone call log, etc.

    • and sync saved games too!  


      • Noyfb

        If it allows large data transfer for hd video storage also it’ll be worth it. I can’t stand that box won’t allow large data transfer for hd videos, so I use Minus for videos that another DL-er told me about. If it’s cheap enough I’d like to get google’s storage, cause I’m sure they’ll come up with more ideas to make it better than other cloud storage’s and add better functionality.

  • Sounds potentially cool, but Dropbox has great integration with desktop computers (just works like a regular folder) and a top notch Android app, and I’ve never had issues with either. This would have to have some really amazing features for me to move everything over.

    • PuzzleShot

      if this ends up working like dropbox (as far as it working like a regular folder), then you could get this as well and have your files in two places, just in case something happens to one service or the other.

  • Marc Horiuchi

    2012 seems like a huge year for Google, every service offered is tailor made for our tastes, this is just another service i will be using. Google light broadband. ill be waiting for you.g

  • Trueblue711

    If Google wants this to succeed, I hope it won’t be half-assed. Some of their products come out half-baked and it’s really evident.

  • you mean Play Drive?

    i’ll take 50GB on Box… fo free.

    in the end i’ll likely try it out, and it will presumably allow integration with Google Docs.

  • Depends on the integration.  Dropbox is everywhere i need it.  I hope this isn’t the next Google+.  

    P.S. Can we have another share you screen day sometime this week?

    • mbaldwin85

      I want to love G+ so muuuch but i just mildly enjoy it. It’s a shame. Photographs are cool and all but I feel it’s just a place for nerd photographers. 

      • QQpayne

        i also love google+ but unfortunately i am the only one i know who uses it frequently.

  • John

    i wish dropbox would integrate two factor authentication like lastpass did

  • fish1552

    Why not use all 3 and have redundancy?  I used MegaUpload and almost got screwed when the DoJ shut it down.  Luckily, I had duplicates of some stuff in my DropBox acct (non-personal stuff).  So I’m all about more than one location for storage.

  • ocdtrekkie

    I trust Google with my stuff a lot more than other places.

  • I like the idea, but Google is a bit late to the game in this aspect. I’ve got like 14GB-ish of Dropbox, and I’ve got it handling all of my schoolwork so that it syncs to all of my computers regardless of where I’m working. Unless it offers some kind of revolutionary feature that I can’t live without, I think I’ll stick with dropbox

  • RedPandaAlex

    For me, it’s better security, sort of. I already have enough of my life in my google account that I’d be royally screwed if I lost it. Might as well throw my sensitive files in there rather than in a second account.

    Also, they’ll probably add a chrome/chromeOS component that’s better than what Dropbox has.

    • capecodcarl

      It’s great unless you’re one of those poor bastards that finds Google has terminated their gmail account for whatever reason.  What would happen if tomorrow you went to sign into your Google account and found it was locked and/or deleted for some ToS violation?  There’s nobody to call and complain to since it is a free service.  All your GMail is gone.  All your Google+ stuff is gone.  All your contacts are gone.  All your app store purchase are gone.  All your voicemail and Google voice stuff is gone.  All your documents are gone.  Personally I find the thought of so much of my valuable data exiting solely in “the cloud” absolutely terrifying.

      • snowblind64

        Only a fool would have their data solely in the cloud. Multiple backups in discrete locations is the best insurance against data loss.

        Oh and Google lets you download all of your data to your local machine for safe keeping.

  • Nex

    Dropbox handles all my needs, though it would be nice to have total intergration in the OS.  No big deal.