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Google Drive officially launches with 5GB of free storage space

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Google Drive has long been rumored as a major competitor to Dropbox and other cloud based storage apps.  Today, Google officially announced its Drive app, which now replaces Google Docs.

One of the main and powerful features of Drive is its ability to collaborate on documents of all types.  Much of the other competition does not have such impressive writing tools.  In addition, Google allows users to upload any type of file from his/her computer, or smartphone and it will be stored instantly on the cloud.  With that being said, Google Drive is available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS users.

Here is a list of features as outlined by Google:

  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just… there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
  • Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.

In case 5GB of storage is not enough storage for you, Google has special pricing options available ranging from 25GB up to 1TB of hosting. Consequentially, the pricing ranges from $2.49 a month for 25GB to $49.99 a month for the 1TB storage.

Google Drive will begin rolling out to Google Accounts starting today, so be patient if you do not have it right away.

Via [Google Blog]

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