The headlines keep rolling in today - first, Google began selling the Galaxy Nexus online, and now, Mountain View has accidentally published details about its exciting interesting... new cloud service.

Update: In a nutshell, you'll be able to make and share documents and presentations, in addition to having access to your videos, photos, Google Docs, and PDFs; Android interaction will include an app for both phones and tablets.

The news was posted earlier today on Google's French blog before being taken down shortly thereafter; however, Google+ user Gerwin Sturm managed to catch it just in time. Here's the translation, as per Google Translate:

Posted by Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President, Google Chrome & Apps

Today we launch Google Drive, a centralized space where you can create, share, collaborate and store all your documents. You establish a budget with your staff that you develop a presentation with a working group or hosting a seminar, you can now do it in Drive. Download and access all your documents, videos, photos, Google Docs, PDF, etc..

Next step in the evolution of Google Docs and functionality of downloading any material, Drive will allow you to live, work and play in the Cloud.

Google Drive, you can:

Create and collaborate. Google Docs is integrated directly into Google Drive, allowing you to work in real time with colleagues on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Add and reply to comments on any media (PDF, image, videotape, etc.) and be informed when other people comment on or wish to share documents with you

Keep your documents securely and access anywhere and any device connected to the Internet. All your documents are just … there. Whatever happens. Drive you can install on your Mac, PC or download the application Drive on your phone or Android tablet. IOS version of the application will be available in the coming weeks. Drive is also accessible to visually impaired people using a screen reader tool

Search All. Search by keyword and filter by document type, owner, activity, etc.. Drive can even recognize the text content of a document scanned by technology OCR. For example, if you download the scanned image of an old newspaper clipping, you can search using one of the words quoted in the article. We have even begun to tap the image recognition: if you upload a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Drive, the next time you search the term [Eiffel Tower], the image will appear in the results

Open more than 30 types of documents directly from a Web browser – including high-definition video, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop – even without the proper software installed on your computer

We know that you need to access your documents in order to work everyday. Google Drive uses the same infrastructure as any other Google Apps services, which means it also has the same administrative tools, security and reliability, among others:

Centralized management: new tools are available in the Apps control interface for administrators to add or remove storage space for individual or groups of users

Security: encryption of data transfer between your browser and our servers, and check option 2 in time to prevent non-authorized access to an account by requiring users to log on returning secure code generated from their mobile phone

Data replication: synchronous replication of data in multiple data centers ensures the safety and accessibility of your records even in the unlikely event one of our data centers is temporarily unavailable

Availability: 99.9% uptime guarantee so you can be assured that your documents are accessible when you need it

Each user has access to Google Apps 5GB storage included in the suite Google Apps administrators can centrally manage and purchase additional storage space. When a user reaches the limit, administrators can purchase the necessary space of 20GB for $ 4 per month to 16TB (Google Docs are not counted in the quota of storage space).

Starting today, Google Apps administrators will see new orders for Drive in their management interface. Users of companies have opted for the quick launch, will enable Google Drive on drive.google.com / start and will receive their access in the following weeks.

Drive is designed to work harmoniously with all the products you use – whether Google products or third party service. You can share your photos on Google Drive + and will soon be able to attach documents directly into your emails Drive Gmail. Drive is intended to be an open platform, so we work with many third party developers, allowing you to do things such as sending faxes, edit videos and create models directly from Drive website. To install these applications, visit the Chrome Web Store and follow the events for more useful applications to come.

It is only the beginning of Google Drive, many developments are coming. Stay tuned!

Notably, the PR indicates the news will be made official today; we'll keep you updated as the news comes in!

Source: Google+ via TechCrunch

Jaroslav Stekl
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  • bungadudu

    If it would be open for all platforms... great! Better than dropbox!

    All we need now is that 399 $ nexus available in the whole world, not us only. I'm sick of that!

  • Landrovan

    French blog? So it's mean it will be accessible outside US? Yes!

    They talk about pc and mac. Does it mean no linux love?

    • John

      Prob. It's an unfortunate expectation from Google nowadays :(

  • Aaron Echols

    $4 per 20GB? Ugh...

    • Mark Arpon

      I'm hoping it's a typo... it's exactly the same GB price as with Dropbox?!
      I will probably use Google Drive anyways, but I sure hope that wont be the price for an upgrade...

    • Khalid

      It's from an enterprise blog, remember.
      That doesn't mean that this is for sure, but I would imagine that that means it's more expensive than regular Google storage because of the uptime guarantee that Apps users need and regular consumers do not need.

      • Mark Arpon

        Speak for yourself! I want a 100% uptime guarantee. Lolz. :P

    • http://twitter.com/devlogic Paul Leonard

      20¢ per gig is a lot less than the currently-published rates for additional Google Docs storage space (25¢ per GB) https://support.google.com/docs/bin/answer.py?hl=en&topic=1247871&answer=1250859&rd=1

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh god,

    I just ruined my pants.

  • BlackGod

    When you open the drive.google.com link, it gives you the option to open Google Docs app. The evolution is underway.

    • Mark Arpon


      • http://twitter.com/ericcamil Eric Camil Jr

        Maybe he meant to say it shows "Not Found Error 404"?

        • Mark Arpon

          That would be a rather significant typo if that was the case!

          • BlackGod

            It wasn't a typo. No matter now, because the app is live!

      • BlackGod


  • http://twitter.com/ericcamil Eric Camil Jr

    While I am excited about the Google Drive. When it comes to just using it for storage, I'm still not even near the 50gb maximum from Box that they through in with the hptouchpad deal. Here's to seeing how the Google Drives different integration takes it to the next level.

  • Danny Holyoake

    OK, so we know it's not US-only. Thank god.

    My theory: It will launch in 1hr (6pm GMT). France is GMT+1. It's likely someone messed up the time-conversion from Google HQ. So yup. In 50 minutes, we'll get the official Google Drive announcement.

  • Malufor

    I can already upload all type of files to google docs :)

    • Mark Arpon

      That is irrelevant! It is not the functionality of Google Drive that is important here! No, what is important is the idea of Google's first cloud storage service going live!

      • Malufor

        yeah that's what i meant. It's just another piece of Google drive that i'm able to upload any file now, even bevore the official launch. got it?

  • Mark Arpon



  • http://twitter.com/pgr3master a

    drive.google.com is now live!

  • http://dmonzel.com dmonzel

    I just opened my Play Store to see Drive was already downloading. Seems to be an update and rename of the Google Docs app.

  • BlackGod

    Google Docs is evolving!..........! Google Docs is now Google Drive. The evolution is complete.

  • Noel_vd

    My Google Docs just converted itself to Drive after updating on play store.