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Google Drive will offer 5GB of free storage, leak suggests

It looks as though Google will offer users 5GB of free cloud storage space on its new Drive service.

According to a leaked image obtained by the Talk Android blog, Google Drive will give users "5GB from the start" with the ability to "upgrade to get more space at any time." The cloud storage service also says that users will be able to "put files in Google Drive" where they can then be accessed via "desktop, mobile phone or tablet, and drive.google.com."

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If the leaked image proves accurate, it will mean that Google is matching the 5GB of free data storage currently offered by Box, Amazon Cloud Drive and Apple's iCloud to all users, and is exceeding the 2GB of free data storage offered by Dropbox to all users. There are no details yet on how much additional storage space users will be able to purchase on Google Drive, but it will likely fall somewhere between the 50GB of maximum cloud storage offered by Box, Apple and Amazon and the 100GB limit that Dropbox offers subscribers.

Google is a relatively later entry into the cloud storage market, as Apple has had its cloud storage service up and running since last June while Amazon has had its Cloud Drive app running since last March. Google has already been offering a cloud-based music service, Google Music, that lets users store up to 20,000 songs online where they can be accessed from any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection.

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