(Image source: TechnoBuffalo)

BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR BLAKE HANSON

Even as rumors go, this is looking pretty solid. The Next Web got ahold of some info from an “unnamed Google partner” which indicates Google Drive is coming very soon.

According to the briefing, the cloud storage will roll out early next week, most likely on Tuesday. It will run on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS right out of the box, and users will start with 5GB of space, rather than the assumed 1GB.

ZDNet says that storage is enough to put Drive ahead of its competition, especially DropBox, with its 2GB starting cap. But integration is going to help Google Drive even more.

“…it will potentially offer users more flexibility and access options than any other cloud provider — at least on the consumer level.”

Of course, some features will look familiar to DropBox users. GottaBeMobile says Drive will use desktop folders.

“It’s not clear exactly what that means, but it could mean that Google Drive will upload and sync folders on users computers. Those folders would then be available through the Google Drive service on desktops, tablets, and smartphones.”

Still not convinced? A tipster sent TechCrunch what appears to be a fully functional version of the software, downloaded straight from Google. It can’t do anything until it gets a connection to the right servers, of course, but a complete app is strong evidence, it’s only a matter of time.

So, with an interface and features that look a lot like those of DropBox, will Google Drive be able to compete? Phone Arena says — it’s already a class above.

“Google Drive is simply Google Docs with desktop apps for syncing files locally rather than having a cloud-only option. This means that the question of whether Google Drive can compete with Dropbox is actually quite silly, because aside from the desktop syncing apps, Google Docs already has far more functionality than Dropbox.”

The Next Web’s info pegged – drive.google.com – as the place to be next week. There’s nothing there now, but if the rumors are true, that could all change as soon as Tuesday.
 

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Apr 17, 2012

New Info Pegs Google Drive for Next Week

(Image source: TechnoBuffalo)

BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR BLAKE HANSON

Even as rumors go, this is looking pretty solid. The Next Web got ahold of some info from an “unnamed Google partner” which indicates Google Drive is coming very soon.

According to the briefing, the cloud storage will roll out early next week, most likely on Tuesday. It will run on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS right out of the box, and users will start with 5GB of space, rather than the assumed 1GB.

ZDNet says that storage is enough to put Drive ahead of its competition, especially DropBox, with its 2GB starting cap. But integration is going to help Google Drive even more.

“…it will potentially offer users more flexibility and access options than any other cloud provider — at least on the consumer level.”

Of course, some features will look familiar to DropBox users. GottaBeMobile says Drive will use desktop folders.

“It’s not clear exactly what that means, but it could mean that Google Drive will upload and sync folders on users computers. Those folders would then be available through the Google Drive service on desktops, tablets, and smartphones.”

Still not convinced? A tipster sent TechCrunch what appears to be a fully functional version of the software, downloaded straight from Google. It can’t do anything until it gets a connection to the right servers, of course, but a complete app is strong evidence, it’s only a matter of time.

So, with an interface and features that look a lot like those of DropBox, will Google Drive be able to compete? Phone Arena says — it’s already a class above.

“Google Drive is simply Google Docs with desktop apps for syncing files locally rather than having a cloud-only option. This means that the question of whether Google Drive can compete with Dropbox is actually quite silly, because aside from the desktop syncing apps, Google Docs already has far more functionality than Dropbox.”

The Next Web’s info pegged – drive.google.com – as the place to be next week. There’s nothing there now, but if the rumors are true, that could all change as soon as Tuesday.
 

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