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Apr
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Rumors about the mythical Google Drive have been ramping up lately. The rumored Google Drive is gunning for Dropbox with universal storage and sync. The Next Web is reporting that the service may launch as early as next week, giving users an initial 5GB of storage space that will sync between Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. Pretty sweet!

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Earlier rumors suggest an early April release which we're pretty well past now, but with the intensity rumors have been milling about lately, it would surprise us if it wasn't going to drop soon. There's still some questions to be answered about just how it will work, but what do you think? Would a Google Drive pull you away from Dropbox (or whatever other service you're using)?

Source: The Next Web via The Verge

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Krisztián Kelemen

    if they implement application data cloud backup without root, i'll dig it :P

    • marcusmaximus04

      Android already does this; it has since Gingerbread. Any application you have that doesn't do this just didn't bother to implement it

      • http://twitter.com/cabbieBot cabbieBot

        wish i would have seen your comment before going on my diatribe in the above comment...

        So, a question, does the capability of gingerbread you mention include the few situational examples I refer to above? 

        • Thomas

          I'm having a hard time believing this as well, i definitely know about the "backup" of apps, but i've seen no app actually restore any application data, and that includes all of Google's own apps.

          So i'm very much doubting this myself, otherwise that is the gem of the century.

        • [email protected]

          shazam does this, after a factory reset, the tagged songs come back automatically

  • Richard

    I'm SO ready to leave dropbox and jump onto this.

  • CJ Walker

    Sucks for apps like dropbox. No billion dollar payday for them :/

  • Qaking13

    I may be completely wrong, but wouldn't this basically do what Google Docs already does? 

    • Sameum

      Almost
      but the point is to have a physical folder in your computer so you can easily drag and drop files insteading of having to go through an internet browser.

  • Nemolivier

    No Linux ? :-( I'll keep my dropbox

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      I suspect there will be Linux support - Google employees have the option to use Ubuntu, Ubuntu/Linux is the only fully supported Android build OS, and Google Music Manager has Ubuntu/Linux support.

  • Mikey H

    dropbox is cross platform and you only need email. this sounds like a google integrated service.... bit of a difference 

  • http://twitter.com/BrazenRain BrazenRain

    I will definitely use this... alongside Dropbox, Skydrive, and Box. :]

  • Alex Luckett

    Linux support? I really hope.

    • Tore Julø

      Not at launch it seems, but it took two and a half months to get Music Manager for Linux as well, so I'm sure it's in the pipeline.

  • Cap_Howdy

    They'd have to beat my 50GB Box account plus my 5 GB (and rising) Dropbox account. Maybe if they throw in unlimited bandwidth and no file size restrictions I'd jump ship. If not I'll still use it as extra space but that's all.

  • Dan

    I would definitely use this. But will it be available in the UK from launch?... I dont want it to go down the same road as Google music :-(

    • RajivSK

      Well I doubt it'll be available in Europe from launch. No reason to let that stop you though. I've had gmusic since the early beta. Sign up using a proxy and it's all smooth sailing from there.

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        Why not? There are no license fees or anything to restrict Drive being a worldwide launch.

  • Ben Bloom

    Sweet Jesus, please just let me keep my wireless profiles synced between devices without root! (Wifi + Blutooth(Probably impossible))

  • Aaron Echols

    If they implement it correctly, have a client across all platforms and serviceable pricing, then yes, I'd keep my data with them. :)

  • Robert Oliveira

    Hopefully the pricing of Google Storage will remain the same. I just got 80GBs for $20 per year via INSYCHQ.com (pre-release G Drive?). Compare that to $9.99/month for under 60GBs on Dropbox. Granted Dropbox is great and I will probably keep it around, but I'm liking the concept of Google Drive more and more.

  • Cooper

    With Dropbox, they archive your files even after you delete them. Won't Google's Drive do the same thing?

  • mscha

    Haven't heard anything about version control.
    That is one of the great things about Dropbox (and SugarSync): it keeps one month worth of old versions (the last 5 versions), which can be a life saver.
    Google Drive must really offer something comparable to properly compete.

  • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

    I've been waiting for this for a LOOOOOONG time. I haven't used dropbox or any alternative for that matter as I patiently waited for Google Drive.

    • Jeremy Powers

      That's like saying i am not going to play any games until after Half Life 3 is out. 

      • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

        No - It's more like saying that I don't really have a big need for a dropbox but it google drive comes out I will use it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1627869201 Ben Jordan

    I just hope I can set the Google Drive folder to be the same as my Dropbox folder, and that sharing files through it is as easy as sharing with Dropbox.

  • LiamBryant

    I love Google. They make their amazing services work on Android and iOS too; you'd never see Apple do something like that

    • Gav456

      They can't afford not to... Google makes more money from iOS than from Android. Google needs everyone to use Google services, not just those with Android devices.

  • http://twitter.com/tabletroms tabletroms

    Read about this over at http://www.android.net and I am so excited to get my hands on it.  I just hope that they end up giving out tons of free storage.

  • http://twitter.com/alxalejandro393 Alex Esparza-Sandy

    I'm interested, but with the free 50 GB I have with Box might hold me back. I'm open still

  • unfunkyufo

    I have been looking for an excuse to leave Dropbox, Hopefully this doesn't suck as hard.

  • unfunkyufo

    I have been looking for an excuse to leave Dropbox, Hopefully this doesn't suck as hard.

  • Spydie

    I never really understood dropbox.  I uploaded some files into my public folder, then can't find any way to share them.  When I send the link to my public folder to someone, it won't let them in unless they sign in.  I'm hoping google is as easy to use as my soon-to-be-extinct iDisk.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The Public folder is meant for easily sharing individual files - just right click -> Dropbox -> Copy public link. People don't need to sign in to download it.

  • http://twitter.com/cabbieBot cabbieBot

    Something that has been asked is how Google Drive might be differentiated from dropbox, box, etc and I think that there's a simple answer, at least when it comes to Android integration. That is: cloud backup of app preferences and data.

    What I picture is an API with Google Drive that will let app developers save something like your progress through Angry Birds or your notification settings for GMail to the cloud.

    This would make adoption of successive android device by a user (when it comes to phone upgrade time) or multiple device adoption (phone + tablet). So I can be playing Cut The Rope on my phone while I'm stuck at the dr's office and once im home, I can pick up my tablet and be right where I am. Or if I am upgrading from my HTC evo3d to a samsung galaxy s3, I don't need to bother setting up BeyondPod again to exactly what podcasts I want downloaded, when, and to what directory. All I'd do is download the app again (if it isn't automatically pushed to my device), open it and say 'yes i want to restore my app preferences from Google Drive'. It doesn't seem like preference/savegame info would take up much space at all, a few hundred KB maybe, so you could say 'doesn't count against your 5gb of space on google drive', which would act a lot like Dropbox does now.

    As usual with things that seem to make a ton of sense to me, in particular, it probably has no chance of happening  But it'd be awesome. 

  • tBs_Battousai

    if it works and offers me the same storage limits (unlimited for £10 a month and currently using 2.4TB) for the same price as livedrive i'll sign up tomorrow...

  • winch103

    Now I understand why dropbox doubled its referral rewards to 500MB per referee !

    BTW for those who still don’t know the Ref’Around project (I’ve referred already 16 times for dropbox in less than 2 weeks) check this link : 

    http://www.refaround.com/dropbox 

    It looks quite recent (still in beta) but I'm already lovin' it!!

  • falconator

    I don't know why but after the last update dropbox put out on Android, my phone doesn't operate well. I removed it and after rebooting, my phone was functioning correctly again. I love Dropbox don't get me wrong, but, if Google has another alternative that'll make my life easier especially considering the fact that they know their software better than anyone else (I hope), then I would definitely jump ship.

  • Dan Krulikoski

    Dropbox already seems WILDLY AWESOMELY integrated across my devices - I use an Ipad, an Android phone, and of course a Windows computer. Dropbox has proven to KILL THUMB DRIVES and External HD's for me. I hated lugging that stuff around. IN this day, and age, dropbox came as the perfect solution for me. I did end up paying for the service to get extra space - But if Google can offer the same CROSS PLATFORM compatibility and ease of use, then I would probably switch!

  • Matt C

    I am curious to see what they will have to offer. I use Dropbox and  don't have problems with it except that they DO NOT listen to the community. People have been asking to download folder since I joined and we still do not see any word on the implementation on this. If Google will listen and implement user suggestions, I will definitely jump ship from Dropbox.

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