updated 12:50 pm EDT, Tue April 24, 2012
Google Drive scales up to 1TB
Google as hinted has launched Google Drive, its own turn at cloud storage. The platform focuses on not just accessing files but working on them, including live collaboration through Google Docs on formats it supports. Drive makes details searchable and will convert scanned-in documents to text as well as check images for recognizable landmarks that can be searched later.
As expected, integration with Google services is a heavy focus, with the ability to share photos from Drive in Google+ and later on attach files directly to Gmail. Programming interfaces exist to let developers attach Drive functionality or edit their own particular formats on the drive rather than downloading first.
Initially, the service will be available on the web, Macs, and Windows PCs, as well as Android devices (Google Play). Google is "working hard" on a Drive app for iOS, Senior VP Sundar Pichai said. Users get 5GB for free, but can pay $2.49 per month for 25GB total, $5 per month for 100GB, or as much as 1TB per month for $50 per month. Gmail users who start paying get their mail storage expanded to 25GB to help keep its storage in sync.