Finally, Google just officially announced its cloud storage offerings. 5GB for free for everybody; the 5GB allowance can be upgraded to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB. For others Gmail increases the allowance to 10GB.
Google Drive basically covers and replaces Google Docs. As soon as you sign-up, your Google Docs bcomes Google Drive.
Your Google Drive can be accessed from the Web or all platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, (iOS is coming) via a free app. On the mobile platform, files can only be viewed not editable.
You can upload/store/collaborate and share your files including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, etc.. Your files are searchable even by image.
Once download the desktop app, a local folder will be available for files that need to be sync’ed as well as new converted files to Google format file extension. Click on them will take you to the Google Drive on the Web.
With Google Drive, you can:
- 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 onanything (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.
The solution will be tightly integrated with all Google properties ultimately. For now, 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, etc..
We can expect Google Drive will serves as file system for the company upcoming refreshed Chrome OS.
As always, please note that Google is capable (and it will) index all your files and your contents including Gdrive, Gmail, etc.. for their business purposes. It is up to you to use it or select alternative solutions.