updated 05:50 am EDT, Tue April 24, 2012
Google Drive launch imminent
Google’s long-rumored Google Drive cloud-based storage service dubbed is tipped by insiders to arrive as soon as today. Hints that a launch may be imminent include an increase in Google Docs default storage from 1GB to 5GB that is starting to roll out, as well as a direct reference to the yet to be launched service in Google support materials.
The increase in Google Docs storage space to 5GB is in line with reports that suggest that users already signed up to Google services, or who opt to, will be offered at least 5GB of free storage. The direct reference in Google’s support documentation comes under a page advising users how to transfer ownership of Google Docs where it references ‘Google Drive.’
With Google offering a range of services from music through to e-books and apps, in addition to storage for documents, it is possible that Google may offer users the ability to tailor how they use their allocated space. A tiered-pricing scheme for additional cloud storage is also likely with 100GB a rumored storage ceiling.
Additional speculation about the service also suggests that Google may partner with at least one or more companies for the launch. If accurate, this could suggest that apps may integrate API’s with Google Drive as a remote storage service. Mobile gamers have often requested cloud-based game saves, for example, so that if they reinstall an app, or buy a new device, they can pick up where they left off. [via The Verge]