We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Google Unveils Google Drive, Offers 5GB of Free Storage

Google Drive allows users to work with others on projects involving Google Docs.

Google has officially unveiled Goggle Drive, its foray into free online storage.

Consumers can get 5GB of free storage to stash anything they want from photos to videos to documents. They'll also be able to use the space to collaborate with others.

If 5GB isn't enough space, you can buy more -- from 20GB for $4.99 a month up to 1TB for $49.99 a month. Paid Google Drive subscribers automatically get a Gmail upgrade to 25GB of storage.

Competitors such as Box charges $240 per year for 50GB of storage. The new SkyDrive charges $50 per year for 100GB and Dropbox will cost you $100 per year for 50GB.

According to Google, its new storage offering allows you to:

  • Work with others on projects involving Google Docs, which is integrated into Google Drive. Once you share a file stored on Google Drive, you will be automatically notified when someone comments on the shared material.
  • Access your files from any web browser. There's also an Android app for accessing the drive, and an iOS application is in the works.
  • Search your documents, including text in scanned documents. Image recognition is also supported so you can search for photos, too.

Google Drive is designed to work seamlessly with other Google apps. For example, you can attach a photo stored on the drive to a Google+ posting. You'll soon also be able to do the same thing with Gmail, Google promised.

What's more, Google said that it's making the drive an open platform in order to encourage third-party apps for the product so you'll be able to do things such as send faxes and edit video directly from the drive.

Follow freelance technology writer John P. Mello Jr. and Today@PCWorld on Twitter.

IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model