Official update, Google Drive 5GB of free storage
Any other way of this coming to be just wouldn't have been as satisfying, now would it? After an age of leaks, murmurs, hubbub and other familiar synonyms (forgot to add whispers), Google's mythical cloud storage platform is now official... well, in a way of course. As fate would have it, the company leaked a memo of the features on its French blog earlier today, but apparently before it could reel it back in, an eagle-eyed reader managed to grab the text and run it through Google Translate, falling on your own sword in a way, right Google? What's left is a by-far-the-most-official-you-can-find transcript of Google Drive's features, but despite all the hype, it all feels way more consumer-centric than consumers may have wanted.
Firstly, there's no actual mention of music (we guess Google Music is a service on its own in that field), and there's only 5GB of free storage for "documents, videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, etc." According to the run-through, it's designed to let users "live, work and play in the cloud," with direct integration with other Google Services such as Docs and Google .
We're also told that Drive can be installed on one's Mac, PC or Android phone / tablet, while an iOS version will be "available in the coming weeks." Of note, Google's making this accessible to visually impaired consumers with the use of a screen reader. As for features? Naturally, Google's flexing its search muscles in as many ways as possible; if you scan in a newspaper clipping, a simple Search All within Drive will allow results to appear directly from said clipping so it kind of works as a pdf to text converter as well, in a totally online and cool way though. If you upload a shot of the Great Wall of China (if you have one), it'll show up whenever you search for the aforementioned icon.
Drive will even allow folks to open up over 30 types of documents directly from their web browser (most likely Chrome for us Google fanpeople), including HD video, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and much more -- "even without the necessary software installed on your hard drive." For those worried about access, the new platform will have the same infrastructure as any other Google Apps services, giving admins a set of management tools that will feel familiar.
When it comes to storage, just 5GB are provided, with 25GB costing $2.49 per month, 100GB running you $4.99 per month and 1TB demanding $49.99 per month, with a maximum of 16TB ($799.99 per month, if you're at all curious) per user; thankfully though, Google Docs will not be added to your usage total.
And last but not least, the note played up the ability to "attach documents directly into your Drive Gmail," and given that it's intended to be an open platform, Google's promising to work with third party developers in order to enhance Drive's functionality to a further degree.
Oh, and if you're not enticed at the moment, the outfit's suggesting that "many more developments" will be arriving shortly!