Friday, 10 February 2012

Google's Drive to take on Dropbox

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Cloud Computing is probably the hottest trend today and Google has trying its hands on it also. Google will soon be launching Drive which will go head to head with the famous Dropbox. Dropbox currently gives 2GB storage space to its users and for more space they will have to pay. Drive will offer more space than Dropbox. According to Wall Street Journal, "Drive allows people to store photos, documents and videos on Google's servers so that they could be accessible from any Web-connected device and allows them to easily share the files with others, these people said. If a person wants to email a video shot from a Smartphone, for instance, he can upload it to the Web through the Drive mobile app and email people a link to the video rather than a bulky file."
Drive, which is expected to be launched in the coming months, will be free for most consumers and business, with a premium service offered to those who want to store a large amount of files.
This is something Google can excel in because the company is well-seasoned when it has to do with running cloud services. Just think, products like GMail and GDocs work almost flawlessly in the cloud. In fact, you can argue that no one does cloud better than Google at this point. It also is in control of Android, so think about how deep it could integrate a cloud service into that platform.

Google's expected GDrive was first rumored around 2007, then resurfaced in 2009 after a reference to "Google Web Drive" was discovered in a collection of Google desktop programs. In September 2011, TechCrunch reported that Google Drive was launching "for real this time."

Google was unavailable for comment early Thursday.


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