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Google Drive Offline Coming Within the Next Few Weeks?

Google Drive launched a couple weeks back and quickly got to work doing it’s thing by managing everyone’s files. Only problem with cloud-based apps like Drive is that if you have no connection you are left high and dry without your files. Fortunately for Drive power users, an interesting nugget of information dropped at the end of this week’s D conference that just wrapped up, and from Google’s Senior Vice President of Chrome Sundar Pichai no less:

It’s a natural evolution. Users like the familiarity. Sometimes wanting to be full-screen; if you’re watching YouTube or Netflix, you want to be immersed. It’s important to remember that we release a new version every six weeks; contrast that with Windows! Google Drive offline is coming five weeks from today.

“Five weeks from today.” That’s a pretty specific time-frame to just toss out off the top of your head. Currently, you can view Docs when you are offline but not edit them. It sounds like the team behind Drive has a little something up their sleeve, we’ll just have to wait and see when they want to show what it is.

Via: Phone Arena

  • Typical Google minion says:

    OMG so much better than dropbox because its made by google.

  • Bob Martin

    how about the ability to stream music and videos from Google Drive without having to first download it. Like how netflix, youtube, google music, ect. work? so then I can save my own movies and music to the drive and play it on any computer or phone.

  • Jim Lynch

    Still won’t use Drive. Blows in comparison to Dropbox in my opinion.

  • kristian tzokanow

    I went back to DropBox due to having the inability to view my pictures as thumbnails and to save files to my internal SD.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

    How is this different than one the drive client does already by locally caching files on your desktop? Or is this refering to phones?

    • bitpimpin

      That’s exactly what I was wondering too…

  • Droidzilla
  • BrunoGama


    I just want to be able to export my files to a location of my choice on my phone.”
    “They also need an easy Right Click to Get Link like DropBox. That’s one feature I miss. ”

    I agree !!

    • http://twitter.com/El_Big_Chris christian hernandez

      This. I thought I was going to completely switch from dropbox but I use that more than Drive.

    • Michael Forte

      A million times this. I couldn’t believe I couldn’t download a file from Drive to a specific location on my phone like I can with Dropbox.

    • chad

      Why I uninstalled and will never go back.

    • http://twitter.com/metal_legions Mark G

      Or even import from the mobile app to a folder other than the root folder.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    This will make Chromebooks much more useful. The full Google office suite available even when you have no internet. And yes, I realize I’m one of the very few people who think Chromebooks are awesome, so let’s just leave it alone.

    • Dr_Buttballs

      I think Chromebooks are nice, I just don’t think they will catch on with the mainstream consumer for a while due to a lot of peoples lack of understanding of what “the cloud” is.

      • mustbepbs

        Those are those white things…right? The ones that look like bunny rabbits and choo-choo trains?

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        Chromebooks, specifically, may not catch on as a brand. But computing will move more and more toward the cloud as time goes on. Eventually, you won’t want a power hungry beast in your house. It’ll be a simple client that taps into the cloud, just as a Chromebook does. But even in the future, you will want that client to be able to be taken offline, and Google Drive offline is a good step in that direction.

      • Droid_Junky

        I agree. For what it is worth I do have a little bit of an inside scoop about the marketing Google is about to launch. My wife applied for a job two weeks ago for local marketing at Best Buy. They asked all sorts of technology questions but we didn’t find out until after she was hired that it was a job with Google.There going to have in-store reps at all of the Best Buys (at least the ones that are still open!) trying to push Chrome. Phase one last a year and phase two is possible if things go well. I was hoping it was Android but I guess this is close enough.

        • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

          They may eventually merge, but for now Android is for touch, and Chrome OS is for mouse/keyboard. I do NOT want a tablet, so Chrome OS is great for me.

  • John

    awesome

  • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

    I just want to be able to export my files to a location of my choice on my phone.

    • mustbepbs

      This. I was excited when Drive was available so that I could keep everything with Google (like a good automaton), but when I tried to export a file on my phone, there was no such feature. A definite deal breaker.

      • Cowboydroid

        I’m not sure why, you can still view and edit the files on your device. What difference does it make where the file is located?

        • mustbepbs

          For things other than documents. If I have files that I need to access on my device (such as ROMs for emulators), I’d be out of luck.

        • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

          It’s about more than documents. I want to be able to download files of all types to different locations as necessary.

          • Cowboydroid

            You can, as long as you have a cable. I’m sorry the burgeoning Cloud is not as fully featured and matured at this point as you’d like.

          • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

            What? Man, people like you are something else…. I can do it with Dropbox, I’d like to be able to do it with Drive. Period. Stop trying to be clever, its not working.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      They also need an easy Right Click to Get Link like DropBox. That’s one feature I miss.

      • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

        It seems like Google isn’t big on the whole right click thing. I wish Gmail had this as well.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      I want to be able to move the Google Drive sync folder to anywhere on my desktop.