The launch of Google’s upcoming cloud storage service and iCloud rival, Google Drive, appears is imminent.
Although Google has refused to officially confirm or deny anything, we first heard rumours earlier this year, and Reuters is now detailing the latest developments, stating that Google is aiming to take on the likes of Dropbox, Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Apple’s iCloud.
Cloud storage, which has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially with the services mentioned above, gives users the ability to access their files from anywhere with an internet connection without the need for local storage and as means of backing up and protecting important files at a remote location.
Dropbox are one of the most well known companies, recently teaming up with HTC to offer HTC One series owners 25GBs of cloud storage for two years, free of charge. Google Drive will approach the market in a similar fashion, with 5GBs of free user storage available to Google account holders and incremental space allotments up to 100GBs available on a subscription basis.
As of yet there is no official price guide or indication of the increasing capacity packages available, but users should have access to the service by the week’s end, with some reporting their Google Doc’s storage has been increased to 5GB, although this doesn’t appear to have happened in the UK. Drive is expected to tie in with other Google services and support multiple file types too, such as Google Docs, Adobe PDF format files.
In a market where only a few key players dominate, the introduction of Google to the mix is sure to stir things up. We’ll test the service out for ourselves this week and report back with our findings.