There's really no point in denying it anymore for the folks up at Mountain View. Google's cloud storage solution, likely to be called Google Drive, is happening. In today's Android developer Hangout when the Googlers were talking about apps, the Drive icon and name can be clearly seen in the Android sharing menu.

The developer phone in the video could have a fully functional version of Drive running on it, which would lend some credence to the rumor that the service could be launched next week. Recent rumors also claim Google will be offering 5GB of cloud storage for free, and it will sync between Mac, Windows, iOS, and (of course) Android devices.

The moment anyone noticed the little slip up, Google set the video to private. Luckily, The Verge pulled the relevant section of video before it was shut down. The fact they moved so quickly to hide the evidence might indicate that the launch is close at hand. It's going to be a tough call between Drive and Dropbox.

[The Verge]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Aaron Berlin

    My guess is that there's a twist here we don't know about.  Like, maybe Drive will index your entire harddisk like the old Google Desktop - you can have a shared drive across machines that's always synced to cloud storage and is limited to 5 GBs, but everything else is available so long as the machine is turned on.  Too crazy?

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Yes, but that doesn't mean we can't hold out hope. Since Chrome makes tabs available across browsers now, and Cloud Print allows you to print to anywhere from anywhere, it's not IMPOSSIBLE that they might let you use this access data on a supporting machine. But I wouldn't hold my breath yet.

    • Freak4Dell

       That would be pretty awesome.

    • Estrivera

      Cubby from logmein does that. You can set Cubbies and synchronize between computers limitless. You can set any folders in your computer you want to sync across as many computers you want without a limit. You also have 5GB cloud storage. Right now it's in beta but you can sign up for an invite to try it now.

      • Dan

         Cubby does not do what Aaron described.  The only thing that Cubby makes available to you on your Android is the stuff in your 5Gb cloud drive.

        If you use Cubby to sync 20Gb of data between ComputerA and ComputerB, that data is completely invisible to your Android.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ bwbloom

    Simply seeing the headline of this article caused my pants to spontaneously explode.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    As soon as Drive comes out I'm switching.
    Google will rule the world.

  • Rui Araújo

    I hope that they will add a Linux client. Until then, I am fine with Dropbox.

    • http://plus.psylink.net Psylink

      No linux support is the one thing that will definitely make me pass.

    • ericl5112

      I don't think this will be an either/or thing with dropbox.  Just like iCloud didn't take over dropbox.

    • LazarusDark

      I think the simplest option for supporting Mac,Win, and linux would be to make it part of Chrome, like offline gmail. This way they wouldn't need to support several clients. I'm hoping this is what they do. If they could do this and somehow still have a virtual drive show on the computer for easy drag and drop, that would be ideal.

  • Eduardo Diaz

    Soon! ... 

    • Giorgis Trabakoulas

      Is that a "Play" symbol at the center of the logo :-) Hint hint 

  • BlackGod

    Maybe they pull a Facebook/Instagram and buyout Dropbox

    • tylerbrainerd

      Unlikely. There's little reason to bother. It's not significantly profitable, and it's just as easy to put together their own frontend for server space.

  • tylerbrainerd

    It's going to be an easy call of this and dropbox. While my dropbox is up to 25 gigs from referrals and such, and I'll certainly still use it, without a question I'm going to use the integrated service much more often, even if it's as simple as which is automated. All apps will be able to easily access this space and back up all of my settings and scores and any important information. This is the way to move to true cloud integration.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    cat's out of the bag. I'm looking forward to what "spin" google may or may not bring to the cloud storage game.

  • Taedirk

    "It's not significantly profitable"

    Hasn't stopped them before.  Who's actually using Google Play for music and book purchases?

    • Aaron Berlin

      I bought an album on Google Play not 10 minutes ago!

    • http://plus.psylink.net Psylink

      I've purchased quite a bit of music and a couple books.  If the price/storage space is better/equal compared to dropbox, I'm pretty sure I'll be switching to Drive as long as the app and service is comparable and/or better.  I use dropbox daily with my phone, my laptop, my desktop, and 2 works computers.  

    • Mduran1023

      I use Google Play for Music all the time. They got good sales, and special editions of albums that I haven't seen in other channels.

      • archercc

        Concur. For me its 50/50 between play and Amazon. Play is best for sales or impulse purchases.

    • Budorat

      I would for music if it were avail in Australia.... 

    • Abhisshek Das

      I would if its available in India

  • http://profiles.google.com/pastorvor Brian Covey

    Option I need is the ability to right click on something on the Internet and select "Save to Google Drive"
    Or some other feature that will allow me to use this drive as a storage place for my Google Book (Cr48)
    As it is now you have to download something, then upload it to service like dropbox.
    I want to eliminate the download part.
    Sideload to google drive!

    • storm14k

      Could happen as a part of chrome or browser plugins.

      • ericl5112

        There probably will be one, but I hope there is a desktop client.  That's why I don't use my 50gb of box.net.  The only way to access it on the desktop is pay extra, or park it as an incredibly slow network drive.

    • Budorat

      Brian, great idea. The ability to "side load" to GDrive would be awesome, and that's something I would probably pay for.... I would still like a desktop client setup in the same concept as dropbox, I find the functionality highly convenient.

    • archercc

      That is what I'm talking about. If drive worked like an extension t android storage it could be huge.

  • http://about.me/chrisfink Chris Fink

    how is it a tough call. thru the various promotions & by really staying on top of things, you can get up to 27GB free from dropbox, which i have. 5GB from Google? no. get with the program guys! you can get 50GB free at box.com & minus.com respectively. there is enough infrastructure & free storage out there to put Drive at the bottom of the pile at launch, which is NOT where they want to be. also, you can get up to like 7GB free in gmail too, so why would they launch with only 5GB?

    • http://plus.psylink.net Psylink

      Maybe it will tie in with gmail, docs, picasa, g+, etc etc etc.  so based upon all the google services you use, the size increases but stand alone 5GB.

    • Freak4Dell

      If it has integration with their other products, then I couldn't care less that it has less space. I use DropBox as a temporary bridge between my computer and my phone so I don't have to plug in my USB cable or try and go through the local network (not always possible in a public place), so there's nothing huge stored in there. I'd gladly give up the unused space on DropBox for a more tightly integrated solution.

      Box might give you 50GB, but you can't really upload large files there, and there's not too many products that work well enough with Box to actually make using it worth it.

    • Abhisshek Das

      stop talking about Box.com's so great 50GB hypocrisy . everybody knows why Dropbox is far more better with less space than Box.com (Box's 100mb per file limitation, no free desktop client) though Dropbox use Amazon's servers only located in US . Google will use their's servers all over the world. so Google Drive might be faster than Dropbox. 

  • jake

    umm what phone was he rocking there? What phone other than the GNex has no capacitive buttons?

    • ericl5112

      It looks like a GNex is exactly what he was using.

  • Ryan Officer

    I hope they would soon support Linux for this. To me that is the great reasons I use Dropbox in the first place. Complete Cross platform

  • Kevin Kennedy

    Who thinks that GDrive might launch at the same time as the SGIII..... maybe Samsung have spun some sort of deal to launch the SGIII with fully integrated GDrive.

  • Mail

    without encryption it will be shit

  • archercc

    If they tightly integrate it like picasa/gallery or, better yet, maps then drop box is in trouble. If they make it as poor as docs then they are fine.