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The mythical unicorn Google Drive is so close, we can practically taste it. Earlier today, Reuters broke the news of a possible Tuesday launch (that would be today), confirming earlier rumors of an initial free 5GB quota and throwing a new number, 100GB of upgradeable storage, into the mix.

It's quite possible that Reuters' sources were on the money this time, as around the same time, Google started bumping the usual free 1GB Docs storage limit all the way up to... you guessed it - 5GB. Check it out:

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Additional pricing still remains at $0.25/GB, but this could change with the official announcement. Google Drive is expected to launch with desktop and Android sync clients and enhance the Google Docs experience, giving the likes of Dropbox, Box, and other cloud syncing services a run for their money.

I have a really good feeling about this - anyone taking bets on the official launch later on today? How about U.S.-only vs worldwide?

Thanks, Abhisshek!

Artem Russakovskii
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  • Hugo

    Why would they create an alternative pricing? I think it'll just be part of Google Storage, with the additional free 4GB in G docs I've gone from just over 50% of my 200GB extra to just under 50% thanks Google!

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

      Not saying they will, but they could, we don't know yet. They might make it cheaper to lure more people to upgrade. They might make it cheaper in the beginning for a limited time, similar to what Amazon did back in the day with the Cloud Player launch. But I bet we'll know within 24 hours.

      • Thomas

        Data like images and text can be highly compressed, and fill a lot less than it appears to be, it may be that they will have a different pricing structure if they're going to specifically target a general purpose storage audience.

      • Mike

        I don't understand all the rumors about the "up to 100GB"... currently Docs allows you to upload anything you want, with a limit of 10GB per file.  You can buy up to 16TB.  It would be extremely lame (and piss alot of current customers off) if they came out with "Google Drive" and decreased the limits or increased the cost.  As far as I'm concerned this is a non-event.  It's just renaming of an existing service and giving another method of uploading the files.  

        • Hugo

          That is exactly what I'm thinking Mike, my Google Docs are full of "non docs" files, all I'm hoping for is a better (cheaper!) way to sync a folder on my PC's and/or android devices. I'm currently using Syncdocs but files sometimes end up in the trash when I just want to move them to another "collection" and it is overly complicated.

  • Marc Edwards

    if it's not world wide i will be tempted to ragequit google. shortly before hacking my way round it.

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

      Maybe what you should do, is be a real patriot and be American. You could come across the ocean in a boat to get at the American Dream (Google integrated cloud storage) and then we will be all like "No more foreigners, Amurica!"

  • http://damhamaza.com damhamaza

    its easy, just change your time zone to US time zone.

    For me, I changed from +8 to -8, and I got it instantly...

    • Thomas

      I simply uploaded a few files and it changed, at first it only showed the new size in the upload manager, but after a force refresh (ctrl+F5) it also showed the 5GB in the menu :)

  • http://kimzplaze.myopenid.com/ Kim

    It will be more interesting to know what are the other services that will make use of Google Drive :) eg. backup of games/app data to it :D

  • Stephen

    I want google music (UK), happy with the free dropbox account at the moment. Google Drive isn't going to give me something I haven't got already, unless I am missing something.

    • Abhisshek Das

      find  some one you know in America ask them to open an a/c for  Google Music . after sign up Google does not check are you from US or not. then you can get it any where  in the world , or would use US centric Proxies too .

  • Abhisshek Das

    Yeah , cant wait for GDRive come here ASAP baby.  and thank artem for mentioning my name ^_^

  • surethom

    It better NOT be USA ONLY, I want it here in the UK, I am fed up of google launching things & taked months to come to the UK, google Music is Still not even available in the UK, Google Drive MUST come to the UK the same time as the USA.

    • Graeme

      Im in the UK with Google Music. There's a few tricks to get it. Check it out! I love it.

      • Abhisshek Das

        I'm in  India with Google Music too ;-)

  • Razer Venom

    idk if it will do it for anyone else but if you serch on your android device drive.google.com it will bring up the google docs app on the phone as an option ....??? could this mean that we are just days away

  • Robert Oliveira

    I can confirm that my non-Google Apps account received a bump up of an additional 5GBs. I already purchase 80GBs of storage at a very reasonable rate. #GoogleDrive is coming. :)

  • Robert Oliveira

    If anyone needs proof, here it is. ;)

  • http://androidapps.hu/ DuDe

    I sure hope it won't be US only...

  • Kennyo112

    I wonder how they are going to handle the 80 g of space I already have......

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

    Google drive is Google's worst kept secret. All this info is out BEFORE they even announced anything

  • Aaron Echols

    I checked my settings, and it's still 1GB.

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

    Looks like I won the first bet and lost the 2nd.

  • Kevin

    its all cool unless you have purchased Google storage previously.. They more than doubled their prices!

    http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=39567&p=butter_old_storage 

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

      If you already had storage you where grandfathered in