Update: Google Drive is now official

Daniel Bader

April 24, 2012 11:39 am


Google Drive is coming today. While it’s not officially released just yet — drive.google.com still shows a 404 Error — an intrepid Google+ user noticed that a memo was posted to Google’s French blog and was quickly pulled.

The focus seems to be more towards the enterprise user, or at least is not as consumer focused as we would have hoped. Unlike Google Play, Drive is expected to keep things strictly document-focused, giving users 5GB of free storage with 25GB of extra for $2.95/month and $4.99 for 100GB. Apps should be available for Android, PC and OS X upon launch, with an iOS version will be coming soon.

Google is calling Drive the next step in the evolution of Docs, which makes sense. Google Docs will likely be replaced by Drive eventually, and will allow for cloud-synced document editing with a 99.9% uptime guarantee, according to the memo.

Some features that will set it apart from the competition include document OCR recognition, as well as photo recognition, features we’ve seen in Google Goggles previously. You’ll also be able to “Open more than 30 types of documents directly from a Web browser – including high-definition video, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop – even without the proper software installed on your computer,” which will suit many business users nicely.

When the service goes live, likely later today, we’ll update the post with all the official announcements.

Update: Google Drive is officially official. Google says that “Google Docs is now a part of Google Drive!” and there’s video demos after the break and here’s a link to the Google Drive app in Google Play. Plus a direct link to the Google Drive homepage.

Source: Techcrunch

  • Nick

    I *REALLY* hope that this doesn’t effect the current storage rates that Google has, as I’ve been on the 80GB plan for a few years now to store my photos in Picasa. $20USD/year for 80GB is a hell of a lot better than $4USD/month for 20GB! Especially when you can get 20GB for $5USD right now

    Select a plan:
    No additional storage (free)
    20 GB ($5.00 USD per year)
    80 GB ($20.00 USD per year)
    200 GB ($50.00 USD per year)
    400 GB ($100.00 USD per year)
    1 TB ($256.00 USD per year)

    • Mike

      I guess we’ll know for sure when it launches but I’m pretty frustrated that it might not use the extra storage I’ve been paying for for a few years now.

    • jbinc

      I agree 100%, I’ve been paying the $5 – 20GB /year plan for 3 years now, no way do I want to pay $4 a month for the same space.
      I hate to say, but Microsoft SkyDrive is better in almost every way. I got to keep my 25GB free forever cause I already had a hotmail account, plus they already have iOS, Android, Windows and OS X apps out. Google drive is missing iOS entirely.

  • Alex Perrier

    Microsoft is reducing its SkyDrive storage from 25 GB to 7 GB because of offerings like iCloud and Google Drive.

    Get your 25 GB at SkyDrive while you still can. Go to SkyDrive.com if you have Hotmail or a Live account. Make sure to confirm FAST that you still want your 25 GB!

    For mone info, consult this screenshot: i.imgur.com/lWFUQ.png

    5 GB has become the de facto standard. It is quite small, however, compared to the 25 GB or 50 GB (Box promos) that are occasionally available for free.

    • Alex Perrier

      The reason for the duplicate comments is because of a glitch in the Syrup system. The first comment did not show up, so i posted a second.

      i honestly try to be helpful. i’m fine with comment limits or suggestions, but sometimes get the feeling that certain users are just on a mission to thumb down my posts. i also try to avoid putting down
      people and companies, but if there is a concern that a company is unfair or just gouging, i don’t hesitate to voice that concern.

  • Alex Perrier

    This is affecting Microsoft, which will LOWER SkyDrive allowances. If you have a Hotmail or Live account, make sure to go to SkyDrive.com NOW to confirm that you want to keep 25 GB. Otherwise, Microsoft will reduce your allowance to 7 GB.

    • Jim R

      Thanks, Alex – didn’t realize they were lowering the amount on pre-existing accounts. Just went and claimed my “free upgrade” to 25GB.

    • Sub-Joker

      lol… congrats alex. for a first time on MobileSyrup ppl are actually thumbing you up!!!

      cheers dude

  • Adam

    Thanks Alex, I just kept my 25GB, thanks for your reminder.

  • zed

    [meme] I don’t always thumbs up Alex Perrier, but when I do, it’s for a really good tip [/meme]

  • Pook

    Thank you, Alex! Great public service!!

  • Cancuckle215

    Hmmm…between Box, Dropbox, Skydrive, and now google drive..that’s 42GB of free space in the cloud, and it didn’t cost me a penny.

    Nice!

    Although, for $4/month, I might add the extra 20GB to Google Drive just to have it.

  • CatMan37

    I was just checking for updates on my Atrix, and lo and behold, Google Drive is in the list of updates available! Haven’t checked it out yet – just downloading it now.

  • Jim R

    Looking forward to hear if:
    a) there’s a file size limit
    b) there’s encryption (or at least an option for it) like Wuala has
    c) there’s a way, official or unofficial, to deal with Linux client’s (doesn’t sound like there is an official way)

  • Francois

    Its there!! just getting the page!

  • jepoy

    i downloaded google drive seconds ago

  • Anon

    why use cloud service and trust google on our sensitive data. there are better solutions(example: fileway) where you can handle your doc on your own internal server.. without any privacy problem ;)

  • Cancuckle215

    Got my 5GB of free space, and now updating my phone.

    Sweet.

  • Tim Waddell

    My phone just updated with Google drive. Google docs is now gone.

  • MB

    4$ a month plus 45$ a month to access your date via your smartphone?

    Be careful what you put on your drive, they will find out everything…

  • TouchMyBox

    This sounds cool and all, but I’m not so sure about giving my files to Abstergo Industries.

    (I can’t be the only one to notice the similarities in logos, can I?)

  • winder

    50 GB BOX
    52.75 GB Dropbox(for 2 years)
    25 GB Skydrive
    16 GB Minus
    5 GB Google Drive
    5 GB iCloud
    =153.75 GB
    all for free!

    … I need more cloud storage

  • lei

    google change the price plan again
    Storage Monthly Rate
    25 GB $2.49
    100 GB $4.99
    200 GB $9.99
    400 GB $19.99
    1 TB $49.99
    2 TB $99.99
    4 TB $199.99
    8 TB $399.99
    16 TB $799.99

  • Lordsxo

    Mine isn’t ready it says. Wonder why, have had an account with Google for well past 7 years now. Is is done by tenure, or some other criterea?

    • Jim R

      Same here – now patiently waiting for mine to be ready …

  • jepoy

    i combined my dropbox to gdrive.. haha!!

  • Patrick Serrano

    Thanks for the free 25GB SkyDrive info! :)

  • Pigs Like Cheese

    I don’t see the free upgrade option when I go into the Skydrive screen and select the Manage option. It only shows 7GB free.

    Any ideas on how to get the free upgrade?

    Looking into Google Drive too now. Thx.

    • Alex Perrier

      When i logged in, the first two things i noticed were the storage meter bar (it said 7 GB out of 7 GB free) and a banner at the top urging me to upgrade quickly. It should look like this: i.imgur.com/Xxw0M.png but if you don’t find such a banner, try “Manage storage.”

      Next, you’ll find this screen: i.imgur.com/kNztB.png where you click on “Free upgrade!” That is all! Please not that this will almost certainly NOT work with newly created account.

    • Alex Perrier

      Wrong link for the second picture. Here is the correct one: i.imgur.com/FOXZD.png

  • vn33

    Thanks Alex for the reminder …
    Also very glad I signed up for Google extra storage last year. For $5/year, I get 20Gb and as long as I keep paying $5/year, I will get that storage.

  • howitzer

    Google Drives the competion