Google Drive Supposedly Launching in the Coming Weeks

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 9, 2012
Updated • Feb 9, 2012

Rumors of Google Drive, or GDrive as it was named in the beginning, started to emerge at around the same time that the popular file synchronization and hosting service Dropbox opened its doors to the public (that was 2007). All went quiet shortly thereafter and it appeared as if the project had been canceled by Google.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is about to launch Google Drive for real this time. Sources are not disclosed, and information other than the name of the cloud based hosting service are not offered in the article.

It is likely that Google Drive will offer free basic storage options and upgrades for users and teams that require more than the basic amount of storage. The pricing structure has not been revealed yet, but it seems possible that Google could simply add Drive o the list of services that you can already purchase additional storage for.

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When you compare those prices to Dropbox's tiered structure, you will notice that they are a lot cheaper. Google Drive users had to pay $5 per year for 20 Gigabytes of extra space, while the cheapest storage increase on Dropbox would set them back $99 per year for 50 Gigabytes.

Then again, it is not only about storage space but also about functionality and accessibility.

Techcrunch back in September of 2011 mentioned that Google Drive would come with a synchronization software to sync data between desktop computers and mobile devices. If that is the case, and if support goes beyond Windows and Android, then it could force Dropbox to adjust their pricing structure to stay competitive.

It is not clear yet if Google will encrypt data stored on their servers.

Drive ultimately would allow users to access data on the Internet and on all supported devices.

It is likely that Google will make the service available under The page is currently returning a 404 not found error which indicates that it has already been created by Google (if you open a bogus subdomain you get a different error).


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  1. AC said on April 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I can’t remember if I read it correctly but you get 1GB in Google Docs, but if you save things in Google Docs format then the storage space is unlimited.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Rumor is that you get 5 Gigabyte.

  2. Mark Davidson said on February 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I use they offer unlimited space so I can backup all my music and photos aswell. Surprisingly they are super fast too, and run off amazon s3 .

  3. Robert Palmar said on February 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    The minimum free for Google Drive will likely be 10GB.
    To a certain extent this is renaming storage that already exists.
    Presently an uploaded file or folder can be up to 10GB in Google Docs.

  4. JC said on February 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    This will always be better-

  5. pizzaface said on February 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Get an additional 1GB of storage at SpiderOak when you register through this link:

  6. ódio said on February 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    well, if you let google track you for $25 a year, you could get 80 GB for year and leftover $5.

  7. Dan said on February 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I wish Windows Live Mesh would utilize the full 25 GB that Skydrive gives for free (so far, it only uses %GB). That’d be even cheaper than GDrive’s 20GB/$5.And if MS is serious about Skydrive/Mesh, they should start selling premium extras (additional GBs, mobile and multi-OS clients), otherwise it could easily be shuttered.

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