updated 05:05 pm EDT, Mon April 16, 2012
Google Drive tip narrows launch
The often-rumored Google Drive might have at last settled on a more definitive launch plan that would include true cross-platform access. A draft press release sliped to The Next Web had the service more closely following the Dropbox formula, where files were stored in a syncing folder or folders on a Mac or Windows PC. Although widely suspected, it's now believed to have an iOS app to match the Android and desktop components.
In accordance with the nature of the source, Google would be partnering up with one or more companies for the launch of the service, which will start off with a free 5GB of space. No details were given, but it would presumably see apps integrate programming interfaces to use Google Drive as remote storage. Earlier tips had hinted that at least Google's own apps might offer live editing of remote documents.
The launch would come in the middle of next week, they said, with Tuesday deemed possible given how many companies often reserve Tuesday for their major announcements.
Google Drive has been rumored for years and would now no longer be unique, with Dropbox, Box.net, and others now offering at least some equivalent. The company's main advantage now would be tighter integration with services like Google Docs as well as inside Android, Chrome, and Chrome OS.