Google's file hosting and synchronization service Google Drive is here, at least for some users as the service seems to be rolling out gradually right now. The Google Drive homepage is live, and provides interested users with information what Drive is offering.
A short video highlights the features of Google Drive, without revealing to much about the inner workings of the service. The homepage thankfully is more revealing than that. Google Drive users get 5 Gigabyte of free storage, which falls in line with other file hosting services. The service itself is available on Windows PCs and Apple Macintosh computer systems, as well as Android phones. The page mentions that Drive will also be available for iPhone and iPad in the feature. For now, it is Windows, Mac and Android only.
When you look at the features of Google Drive, you will notice that the following are mentioned on the page:
Google Drive from the looks of it will resemble Microsoft's SkyDrive closer than it resembles Dropbox or other pure file synchronization features. Google users benefit from Drive integration into some of Google's core services, the ability to view file types right in the browser, file and folder sharing options, as well as a file revision history.
Additional storage pricing has not been revealed yet, but unofficial sources claim that users have to pay $4 per month for 20 Gigabyte of additional storage, up to a maximum of 16 Terabytes of storage, and with Google Docs files not counting against that limit.
Update: Pricing information have changed. Users can get 25 Gigabyte of extra space for $2.49 per month, 100 Gigabytes for $4.99 per month, and 1 Terabyte of storage for $49.99 per month. Users who upgrade space benefit from increased storage in Google Mail as well, where the storage is increased to 25 Gigabytes.
Several of the features have already been offered as part of other Google products, like the ability to open a range of file types in Google Docs, or sharing of documents.
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