But Google is now taking steps to formalize that by offering Google Drive – with as much as 5GB of FREE cloud storage.
Yep, it’s all just rumor at this point.
TalkAndroid offered up an exclusive screen shot of the new service, and then followed up with a short post about the 5GB.
“A few days ago we showed you an exclusive screenshot from Google’s pet project, Google Drive, that showed 2GB of free storage. At that time our tipster mentioned something about getting up to 5GB of storage instead of the pictured 2GB but they didn’t really divulge anymore information other than that.”
Ars Technica talks about the history of the rumors.
Google Drive has been rumored for years. The Wall Street Journal said in February that it would finally be released in as little as a few weeks.
Gigaom was pretty sure on Tuesday that only 1GB of free storage would be offered.
According to the details from my sources, Google is going to offer 1 Gb of storage space for free, but will charge for more storage. The market leader Dropbox currently offers 2 Gb for free. Google’s product will come with a local client and the web interface will look much like the Google Docs interface. Interestingly, it will launch for Google Apps customers and will be domain specific as well. Google has also built an API for third party apps with this service so folks can store content from other apps in the Google drive. My sources are impressed, so far with what they have seen.
It’s obvious that Google Drive is coming, and coming soon, but Google’s going to be playing their last few cards as close to their collective chests as they can. Still, with April fast approaching, I suspect the full story will be unearthed sooner rather than later.
Whatever happens, it seems like we’ll find out sooner rather than later. Apparently the week of April 16th is when Google Drive will launch. Guess we’ll have to hold our breath until then, yes?