Google Drive Cloud Service: Google Offers 5GB of Free Data Storage

By on April 24, 2012

Google has officially released its well expected Google Drive cloud service on Tuesday, with 5GB of free cloud storage of data. This storage capacity is less than Microsoft offering with its SkyDrive service, launched a day earlier. However, for Google Gmail customers, Google is offering free 7.5GB to 10GB storage over the next 24 hours.


Google Drive is just similar to other typical cloud service like Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s SkyDrive, that lets the users to store their videos, photos, documents, PDFs, and other types of files. To keep the things smooth and workable, Google has also announced a Drive app for Android, and soon this app would be available on App Store for iOS users.

As described earlier, Google is offering only 5GB free storage capacity that is obviously 2GB less than Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud service that offers 7GB data storage. Moreover, SkyDrive users are also able to 25GB for free if they use SkyDrive before Monday.

Contrary to that, Google is in effort to earn some pretty bucks for offering more storage with a $2.49 per month for 25GB of storage per month. For 100GB of storage, users would have to pay $4.99 per month, and for a massive terabyte of storage Google charges $49.99 per month. For encouraging users to upgrade to a paid account, Google offering to enhance user’s Gmail account to 25GB.

Google executives, however, proudly explained that Google Drive will be a searchable service with Google technology, as other cloud services lack for that. For example, Google would integrate the service with Google Docs, for easy sharing of  documents and presentations. Moreover, the file would accept comments, whether it is video, an image, or a PDF.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and Apps for Google, notes in a blog post.

“Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience,” “You can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail. Drive is also an open platform, so we’re working with many third-party developers so you can do things like send faxes, edit videos and create website mockups directly from Drive.”


 Via:  PCMag

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