updated 04:05 pm EDT, Tue May 18, 2010
Google may give web, Android apps online storage
Google is about to launch its own cloud storage option in a bid to take on Amazon's S3, a new rumor may have revealed this afternoon. Google Storage, or GS for short, would let app developers host content either for themselves or for users online. The source for TechCrunch added that it would use a Google ID for secure downloads and let developers control storage remotely.
The service would enter a private beta as soon as the start of the Google I/O conference tomorrow and could even be designed to help developers switch from S3.
A service of the kind would target web apps but could also be used as an advantage for Android and Chrome OS apps, both of which are likely to draw heavily on cloud storage. Any implementation might not see Google Storage as a universal pool but could let developers use it as a common destination for their content, such as letting users send photos or other data directly to GS.