GDrive Update: Google Drive Expected to Launch in Early April

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google driveAlthough Search Engine Journal has been covering rumors related to the long-awaited Google Drive since 2006, it appears that Google’s elusive cloud-based storage solution is finally getting ready to launch! According to a recent article by Om Malik of GigaOm, inside sources have confirmed that Google is planning to launch GDrive in early April. However, it is important to realize this is not the first time rumors related to the launch of Google Drive have surfaced and whether or not the search engine can actually follow through with the launch is still in question. In the GigaOm article Malik discussed Google’s inability to launch GDrive:

“Google’s online storage service, rumored to be called GDrive is the like the wolf in the fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Well, after long history of false alarms, the storage drive might just see the day in early April, according to my well-placed sources familiar with company’s plans.”

If GDrive actually launches, the product will compete directly with the industry leader Dropbox as well as Microsoft’s SkyDrive service.  These services, which are well established, offer users 2 GB (Dropbox) or 25 GB (SkyDrive) of free storage.  Even though Google will face fierce competition from these dominant players, the inside source has indicated that Google plans to offer users a measly 1 GB of free storage space.

While the GDrive is launching long after the competition, the native syncing functionality combined with the ability to easily share files by simply providing a link will be appealing to some users. In addition, the pricing, which is currently $5 per year per 20 GB for Google’s other services, should help Google win over the budget conscious consumers and businesses.

When the new Google Drive launches, do you plan on giving the new service a chance or are you satisfied with your current cloud-based storage solution?

[Sources Include: GigaOm]

David Angotti

David Angotti

After successfully founding and exiting an educational startup in 2009, I began helping companies with business development, search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO), conversion rate optimization (CRO), online marketing, mergers and acquisition, product development, and branding. Now, I am focused on a new startup in the travel and tourism market niche.
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  • John Tucker

    This would certainly shake things up for the companies in online storage. It will be interesting to see what the Google Drive would bring to the space, although if they are only offering a measly 1GB of free space it will be hard to get the Dropbox and Box users to switch. It will also be interesting to see how it might affect the online backup space. Just have to wait and see.

  • Dan Bochichio

    I will keep using Dropbox as my primary cloud storage until I give Google’s a full test drive. I currently use free Dropbox with a lot of space (not quite 8gbs but I’m getting there) and I barely fill that space.

    I do think a lot of individuals and small businesses can ride off the many other free storage services Google already offers. You’ve got free video hosting via YouTube, free document storage via Google Docs, and you’ve got free music storage (up to 20gbs) via Google Music/”Play” and free “anything storage” (Up to ~7gbs) via Gmail.

    Google Drive pretty much exists already if you ask me, it’s just getting a fancy name with a few new functions.

    • Furqan

      Dan Bochichio :
      Nice Observation, and i agree with the way you showed the stats, and i think its all about marketing tactics in order to attract the users.

  • Tim

    I think this is really interesting, I typically love Google products, but from time to time they produce duds, or in this case are so late to the party that the mullet their rocking is no longer in style. Unless integration with chrome is ridiculously awesome I don’t see myself abandoning Dropbox. Good effort Google, but with Google Docs this should have been much quicker to market.

  • Mahesh Mohan

    I really want to try Google Drive. But I hate that Docs like interface. It would be nice if GDrive has a syncing facility like Live Mesh. Otherwise it doesnt make much sense to use it.

  • Ajit

    It would be much better if there is a project management system too. I use Basecamp with Dropbox. A a project management system, Google Docs and GDrive would be great combination.

    • David Angotti

      That is a great idea — if they could implement a Basecamp-like tool with GDrive I would definitely use it.

  • Adwords Consultant

    GDrive may be a new rising tool on internet and can give a new and extended world to the internet.
    Thanks Google.

  • Marius Anton

    We are hearing once again that Google will soon launch an online storage service. Google does not think it will be able to compete with Amazon.

  • Geraldine

    I’m using Google services everyday for work and personal endeavor. Google Docs for instance is very important. I thought that service is cloud-something since I can access my files everywhere provided I have internet connection. I do use Dropbox but I’m a Google fan so I hope to see this GDrive materialize. Btw, did rumor say early April? Well, I hope it’s not April Fool’s Day event. Hmmmm….

  • Jeff Downer Indianapolis, IN

    Sure, I’m going to try it out. I’ll keep my expectations low as Dropbox sets a pretty high bar, but I admit to being really curious.