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Google Drive is now official!

So it has now been finally revealed — the Google Drive service that has been rumored for years is now made official. Google’s official cloud storage has been merged with Google Docs to offer a free 5GB space to all users.

Google Drive allows you to store any kind of files, even the really big ones, to the cloud and then give you the option to synchronize all of them to your laptop, PC or phone (Android, Windows & Mac) with support for iOS coming soon.

The app is now available at the Google Play Store (just search for Google Drive) and integrates neatly with the sharing features of your Android smartphone.

For those who are familiar with DropBox, this is basically the same but competing service.


 




On your PC, Google Drive appears as a folder which you can just drag-and-drop files into. It will show up in File Manager or in Finder if you’re using a Mac.

Google starts you off with a free 5GB of storage but gives you additional options to increase this up to 1TB for a monthly fee.

You can choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB.

I’ve actually already upgraded my Google Account to 20GB since last year (paid $5 a year) when my GMail Inbox was already around 98% usage. It’s nice that when I logged in to my Google Drive account, I also have access to the same amount of storage.

To access Google Drive, just go to drive.google.com/start.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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15 Responses

  1. Free Gmail users enjoy 10Gb of free storage too. :)

  2. deuts says:

    It says my account is not yet ready. Sad!

  3. tonybac says:

    Says mine is still not ready. Anyway, Microsoft has also released a desktop app, much like Dropbox, but they offer free 25GB of online storage. Sadly, I’m on Ubuntu, and there’s none available for any Linux distros, it even won’t install using WINE.

  4. roiji says:

    my account is not ready too… maybe they are putting paid users first?

  5. Yuan says:

    10GB Gmail storage will take effect over 24hours :D

  6. JuaPao says:

    what’s the difference with this new app and the old app(http://filehippo.com/download_gmail_drive/) for the desktop environment? Sadly my account is not yet ready too.:(

    • rotero says:

      yeah i remember 3 yrs ago na may google drive for windows.. nagamit ko siya actually but at time hindi ko siya feel gamitin.. mejo mabagal

  7. Yuan says:

    Ay grabe akala ko 7GB lang sa SkyDrive, haha buti nlng nakapagregister ako a day before they announed the 25GB free cloud storage for existing users :D

    SALAMAT tonybac, kundi dahil sa comment mo di ko pa bubuksan SkyDrive account ko

  8. ang daya, i’ll be notified too for a google drive account! :(

  9. Yuan says:

    siguro first come first serve basis para sa unang batch

    basahin nyo tong comparison ng Google Drive sa ibang company na nagooffer ng free cloud-based storage http://phandroid.com/2012/04/24/googles-terms-of-service-may-scare-users-away-from-google-drive

  10. SkyDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive. Take your pick :)

  11. nexusboy says:

    i like Skydrive better. :)

  12. ZAYNE says:

    I hate the terms of google drive right now…… according to google drive’s terms and service anything you upload…google will own anything you upload ( Google Drive “Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. ) until they change this google drive will not have 1 bit of my property

    check out the article: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57420551-93/who-owns-your-files-on-google-drive/?tag=cnetRiver

  13. Thorsten says:

    You must work hard to satisfy upward each time you have the opportunity.
    You are able to work, purchase take-out and watch a movie;
    but it will surely nevertheless provide you with your own relationship.
    Without having advices how can people cope with such broken points.

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