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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Google Drive is a cloud storage platform operated by Google and used for many of its services. Google Drive was announced in early 2012 as a replacement for the previously document-centric Google Docs, and was focused to be a direct competitor to the other cloud storage providers such as Dropbox and Box. Originally launching as a stand-alone data silo with 5GB of free storage, Google Drive has expanded to be the storage backbone for Google Docs, Gmail and other Google services, offering up 15GB of total storage across different apps.

Google Drive has apps for mobile platforms, as well as sync clients for desktop operating systems that keep all of your files in sync across every device where you're signed in. Google Drive is also deeply integrated into the Chrome OS platform, making it easy to keep all of your files of any size up-to-date across Chromebooks as well. Those who buy a new Chromebook are given 100GB of Google Drive storage for free for two years, many phone manufacturers offer up a free 50GB of free storage, and purchasing additional storage is extremely cheap compared to other providers.

In an attempt to further define its identity as a purely storage solution, Google Docs, Sheets and Presentations were broken out from the core Google Drive app on mobile in April 2014. This meant that going forward, if you wanted to edit documents on mobile you'd need the separate Docs, Sheets and Presentations apps, and you could only view documents via Drive. This has helped clear some of the confusion around the difference between Google Drive and Google Docs.


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Evernote makes it easy to add your Google Drive files to notes

Evernote makes it easy to add your Google Drive files to notes

Popular note-taking, and all-around productivity app Evernote has received a bit of a boost today with tighter Google Drive integration. Instead of simply linking to the files, the new integration allows users to easily drag and drop linked thumbnails for images and documents into their notes...
Google Drive for Mac and PC now lets you choose which folders to sync locally

Google Drive for Mac and PC now offers granular choice of which folders to sync locally

More robust selective syncing is now available for Google Drive on Mac and PC, allowing users to save space by choosing what folders they'd like to sync locally. With the change, users can head into the "Sync Options" portion of the Preferences menu and either choose to sync everything, or only...
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Google once again offering 2GB of free Drive storage for securing your account

To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2016, Google is once again offering free 2GB of Drive storage for reviewing your account's security settings. The Security Checkup gives you an overview of the devices connected to your Google account, recent login activity, your recovery email address and phone...
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Cheap Cloud Storage — which one saves you the most?

Cloud storage is something ever more useful and ever more popular, but there's also a ton to choose from. Fortunately, most also have free trials, and any storage provider worth its salt is going to give you a few gigabytes of space for free anyway to try to get you to stick around. Let's take...
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Google Drive on the web adds move icon, plus drag and drop support

Google has pushed some new features to the Google Drive website, making it even easier to ensure that all of your documents are organized. Keeping your cloud files organized has always been an issue (it's easy to just dump and forget), so Google has added a new "move" icon for files that are...
Google Drive is an Android themer's best friend

Google Drive is an Android themer's best friend

The best tool in a themer's app drawer isn't a launcher or a widget. It's the cloud. When developing a theme, you tend to gather a lot of elements. Wallpapers, widget configurations, sounds, custom icons, launcher layouts… they all add up. You need a place where you can keep things organized and...
Google Drive to get speedier search in the next few weeks

Google Drive to get speedier search in the coming weeks

Google will soon start rolling out some improvements to search in Google Drive. These updates are designed to make it easier to find the file you're looking for faster. Now, from the search box, you can narrow you search to a file type, like PDF, text file, video, or image. These improvements...
Google Drive for Android snags sharing notifications, file access requests and more

Google Drive for Android snags sharing notifications, file access requests and more

Google has announced some improvements for Google Drive on Android that should make dealing with shared files much easier. The biggest addition in this latest round of announcements is that sharing notifications have been added to the Drive app. Now, instead of heading to your email to see if...
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Google Docs and Drive are having issues right now — it's not just you [update: it's back!]

Update: Looks like things are back up and operational. Resume normal activities. It's not just you — Google Docs and Drive are having a little hiccup right now. Google's "Apps Status Dashboard" is indicating service interruptions for all things related to Google Drive. Ride this one out with us...
How to sync your Android to Windows 10

How to sync your Android to Windows 10

It's 2015, and you can actually get through life without ever physically connecting your phone to a computer. (We've done it. It's great. You should try it sometime.) But for some folks it's still the way to go. They just have to plug in every now and then. Others of us? We're all cloud, baby....
Google Drive now has a plug-in for Microsoft Office

Google Drive gets a new plug-in for Microsoft Office

Google has made it even easier to open your Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel files that are stored in your Google Drive account with a new plug-in. Using this plug-in, you can open your documents stored in Drive, then save them back to Drive once changes are complete. Not only can you edit...
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Use the Google Drive desktop app to save local copies of your Google Photos library

Google Photos is primarily an online experience, but you can take things offline for your own backup with Google Drive. One of the best features of Google Photos is that you can access your pictures from any device that has a web browser or a Google Photos app, but the fact that it's kind of a...



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