From the last couple of weeks, we were hearing a lot of rumours about Google launching its own cloud storage service called the Google Drive to take on the other storage providers like the Dropbox, Box, Skydrive and likes. And the service is now live.
Now all Google users will get 5GB of free cloud storage with their Google account to store all their documents, videos, songs and many other files which they which to save. The best thing about Google Drive is that it is now a part of the Google Docs and can be accessed from your PC, Mobile, Tablets and everywhere else.
Google said, “Today, we’re introducing Google Drive, a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.”
Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.
According to Google, apart from the 5GB of free space, users can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB.
The Google Drive app for Android devices is now available in the Google Play Store and the iOS app is expected to arrive soon. There are desktop apps for Mac & PC as well. You can try and find out more about Google Drive at drive.google.com/start.