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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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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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Cheap Cloud Storage — which one saves you the most?

Cloud storage is back in the headlines of late with Microsoft making sweeping changes to its OneDrive pricing structure. As such you might be thinking of looking elsewhere, and wondering what you can get for your money. And what you can get for no money. Fortunately, most also have free trials...
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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...
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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...
Google Drive update brings sharing from notifications, support for 23 more languages

Google Drive for Android picks up sharing from notifications, support for 23 more languages

Google has started rolling out an update to Google Drive for Android today that brings support for 23 new languages, and lets you share files directly from the notification you receive when a file is uploaded. As seen in the image above, once you receive the notification that a file has been...
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Google brings your photos and files together by adding Google+ Photos to Google Drive

Google is making it even easier to keep your photos and files in the same place by adding Google+ Photos into Google Drive. Google is now making organizing your photos and files even easier by showing your Google+ Photos in Google Drive. Over the course of the next few weeks users will be able...
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Google is giving away 2GB of Drive storage for securing your account

Google is using Safer Internet Day to run a Drive giveaway promotion, which will bag you 2GB of extra storage space in the cloud for free. All you need to do is to provide Google with two minutes of your time to complete a security checkup, essentially making sure your account is both safe and...
"OK, Google" lands on Google Drive to make searching for files easy

Google Drive adds 'OK, Google' voice search to help you find files

Google is rolling out an update to Google Drive that will hit Android devices in the next week or so bringing additional features to the cloud storage app. The new update upgrade Google Now search so you can command "OK, Google" to search for your files without having to launch the app....
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Office files in Gmail attachments can now be converted and edited with Google Drive

Gmail web users now have a new and nifty feature to access if they get a lot of Microsoft Office files as email attachments. Google has now set up a way for those files to be converted and edited directly from Gmail via Google Drive. Google stated that this update will offer Gmail users "the...
Google offers 1TB of Drive storage for free for two years with holiday Chromebook purchase

Google offers 1TB of Drive storage free with holiday Chromebook purchase

Google is offering 1TB of Google Drive storage for free for two years to anyone who purchases a Chromebook during the holiday season. Normally, 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years would cost a total of $240. Google has previously offered 100GB of Drive space for anyone purchasing a...


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