Google drive - Google's version of iCloud

By: Marawan Alwaraki, April 24, 2012
With iCloud heavily entering the mobile industry, competitors such as Google wanted to keep up with the technology offered by iOS. To do this, Google today released Google Drive which is their version of iCloud for iOS. This is another move by Google to fight Apple back. The challenge is rising. Although this is a great step forward by Google, it may not be the safest due to copyright problems.

According to the official Google Blog, this is what Google Drive offers you:

"Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancĂ© or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.


With Google Drive, you can:
  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just... there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
  • Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time."

Just like with iCloud, Google Drive offers a few free initial GBs to start with. Google offers 5 GB free and so does Apple. However, if you wish to upgrade, these are the prices according to Google:
"You can get started with 5GB of storage for free—that’s enough to store the high-res photos of your trip to the Mt. Everest, scanned copies of your grandparents’ love letters or a career’s worth of business proposals, and still have space for the novel you’re working on. You can choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB."

I think this is great! That's a really good move by Google to raise their ranking. This is increasing the competition and will hopefully increase the acceleration of advancements of smartphones.
Do you think this was a good move?

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