Google Drive: Will You Drop Dropbox?

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google-drive-launchingAlthough rumors have been flying since 2007 about Google offering a hosted storage solution, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is finally set to launch its new storage service in the next several weeks. The service, which is named Drive, will utilize Google’s cloud-based storage to allow users to easily store and share files between multiple computers and mobile devices.

The new product is expected to provide native syncing and will allow users to drag and drop a file and immediately access that file on multiple devices. In addition, the Drive will allow people to easily share music, documents, and video files by simply providing other people with a link.

Although Google is expected to provide Drive free of charge to most businesses and consumers, there will likely be a small fee for users that choose to store a large amount of data. Google has not provided answers regarding the quantity of storage included with the free accounts, but the free service is expected to significantly exceed the 2 GB that Dropbox offers its free users. In addition, additional storage for Drive is expected to cost only a small percentage of what Dropbox currently charges for extra storage. For example, Google currently provides GMail, Picassa, and Google Docs users the opportunity to purchase additional storage space for only $5 per year per 20 GB.  When contrasted with the Dropbox Pro 50 Plan, which costs $10 per month for 50 GB, the pricing of the new Drive service looks very attractive. However, similar to Gmail, Google is expected to subsidize Drive with highly profitable advertising.

Although Google’s entry to the cloud-based storage market is late, they are hoping to compete with Dropbox, Apple’s iCloud, and Amazon’s service by leveraging their current user base and pricing the competition out of the market. Google’s first challenge is actually launching the product this time! If they do, will you drop Dropbox?

[Sources Include: Wall Street Journal & PCWorld; Photo Credit: wiseCom]

David Angotti

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  • Phil Webster

    I am a Dropbox user of many years and Dropbox is embedded in my daily working methods. I have several apps both for mobile and desktop which also make use of Dropbox for syncing and/or backing-up so the inertia against change, for me is high. I also quite like the low space limit (I only have the free account) as it prevents me from being lazy and keeps me organised. However, many will be tempted by a larger (presumably free) allocation I feel.

    I watch with interest but whatever happens, I thing Dropbox will be around for the foreseeable future due to the number of third party software that make use of it.

  • Jeff Kryger

    I am already invested in DropBox (free), so unless Google offers something truly compelling (besides just more space), I don’t see any real benefit to switching. Maybe for some power users it might be a benefit?

  • John @

    Google entering this area will certainly shake it up a bit, if they ever actually launch the darn thing. If they combine Docs, Photos, Music and Video storage into the product it will be hard not to drop Dropbox and move over to Google, especially if you already use most of Google’s services. Plus if it is a natural part of Android it will have a leg up on all the other services.

    Will I drop Dropbox, for the most part I already have ever since they had their problems with passwords last year. Only keep the account to share photos with family really.

  • Jeff

    Not going to drop DropBox, but I will dabble with Drive and ponder my options for if I ever need more space. The way they are trying to lock people in to the Google network launching something like this seems like it should be a given. More time logged in to Google…

  • Gerry

    Yeah, this is another place where I want “Big Brother Google” sniffing into my business. As with DropBox, I recommend only plunking non-sensitive files in the clear. Sensitive files I highly recommend be(strongly) encrypted before dropping into that fluffy white cloud. For Google Drive I would encrypt ALL my files.

  • Kushal Biswas

    Hii David ,

    Nice report . I think it is a nice step taken by Google. We know Google servers are most consistent out there.This is something like file hosting service .But we know some big fish out there like rapidshare , mediafire. Well I personally think Google will beat them all because of sharing feature in multiple devices and because of the ultimate Google network.

  • John Conner

    I would use Drive after 6 months or so. I’d like to see if dropbox matches whatever Google offers and 6 months will also give Google enough time to work through any kinks.

  • Victor

    Google drive sounds great. It is not just easier and more convenient, especially for those who have accounts with google. But definitely i will consider it first, since they may have “SPY” on our files. Just like Gerry said, i’d encrypt the file first.

  • Jeff Downer Indianapolis, IN

    I can’t help but think of all those Android devices out there that could make “Drive” a big winner.

  • Mark

    I have been using ‘dropbox’ for a while, as it suits the business we do. Always interesting to find out what Google are doing to match it. Google do not get everything right, far from it, but I think I would agree that I would give it a few months with Dropbox as is, and then give the Google offering a go.