Google could be launching a cloud-storage service, to rival iCloud, Sky Drive and Dropbox. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google’s Cloud-based service will be called Drive and will allow users to store files – such as documents, videos and photographs in the cloud, for free.
As reported on Gigaom: ‘The Google service, which is expected to launch in the coming weeks or months, will be free for most consumers and businesses. Google will charge a fee to those who want to store a large amount of files, the people familiar with the matter said.’
If Google was to offer a significant amount of storage for free it could seriously undercut Dropbox more than services like iCloud and SkyDrive, which are tied Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Dropbox currently offers 2GB storage free, then 50GB of storage for $9.99 a month or $19.99 for 100GB a month. Apple iCloud users get 5GB storage free then it’s £14 a year for 10GB, £28 a year for 20GB and £70 a year for 50GB. Windows Phones users get 25GB cloud storage free with Microsoft’s SkyDrive.
We’d expect Google Drive to at least offer the same free storage as iCloud – potentially more – so either 5GB or 10GB.
Google of course currently has it’s Google Docs service, which is also a cloud-based, but primarily for documents, offering 1GB storage and the ability to upload files up to 25MB in size. Additional storage costs $5 per 20GB per year or $20 for 80GB.
We’ll bring you more news about Google Drive including pricing when we get it.