Report: Google To Launch "Drive" Cloud Storage Service

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Never one to  let others hog the spotlight, Google is getting set to launch a new cloud storage service, putting the search giant on a collision course with the likes of Dropbox and SugarSync.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the new service, which is simply called Drive, would allow users to upload and store their music, video, and other files to Google's servers where they can later be retrieved from any web-connected device.

The service, the Journal says, will feature a smartphone and tablet app for mobile users, similar to those offered by the aforementioned Dropbox, SugarSync, and to a lesser extend Apple's iCloud. Apple's service is currently only available to iOS 5 users. In the report, the Journal cites sources familiar with Google's Drive as saying the service will make it to market in the coming weeks or months.

Drive will in all likelihood offer users a certain amount of storage space for free. Users looking for more space will probably have to cough up some cash. The interesting thing here is that Google already offers some form of web-based storage for photos, videos, and documents via Picasa, YouTube, and Google Docs. What makes Drive special is it will be the first time Google allows its users to storage all of their files in one place.

Since cloud storage and mobile computing go hand-in-hand, we're curious to see if Google will integrate Drive with its Android operating system. Could a cloud-ready Ice Cream Sandwich be on the horizon? We'll just have to wait to see.

via The Wall Street Journal

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  • Ben Miller Says:

    I just downloaded GoodSync9 and I am very pleased with it. You can store all of your data and access it on multiple computers without having to store your information in the cloud. So now I don't have to pay for cloud storage or worry about my info in the cloud- it's great. Highly Recommend trying it.

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