After being accidentally, or perhaps not too accidentally, leaked on its French blog Google officially announced Google Drive this morning. For the most part, the details we’ve seen concerning Google’s cloud storage service have been correct.
The first video explains the idea behind Drive but we have some more official details to offer:
- Google Docs is built into Google Drive, so real-time collaboration on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations is possible. It’s also integrated with Google+ so you can send photos (or whatever you want, generally) from Drive to your account.
- You can install Drive on your Mac or PC; there is currently an Android phone and tablet app and an iOS app should be available shortly.
- You can search Drive by keyword and filter by a variety of qualifiers (type, owner, etc). The application also has Optical Character Recognition, so it can search words from scanned print or recognize content in photos.
- Users start with a free 5GB of storage; you can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100 GB for $4.99/month, or 1TB for $49.99/month. And getting one of these paid accounts also gets you 25GB extra Gmail storage.
Google’s cloud service is live now and you can check it out here. Make sure to check the site later today for our comparison between Google Drive and Dropbox.