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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 goes back to school with Drive for Education

Google will offer an unlimited amount of Google Drive cloud storage space for free for all of its Google Apps for Education customers as part of a new program called Drive for Education. Google says, "With Drive for Education, users can put an end to worries about storage limits and more...
HTC doubles Google Drive storage for One M8, One Max, One Remix, and Desire devices

HTC doubles Google Drive storage for One M8, One Max, One Remix, and Desire devices

HTC is giving a boost to some of its newest devices with a promotion for new owners to get double the Google Drive storage capacity. Now, instead of the usual 50 GB cloud storage space, new One M8, One Remix, One Max, Desire 610, and Desire 816 owners can get 100 GB of storage for free for two...
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Latest Google Drive update now requires Docs and Sheets apps to edit files

Google has updated its Google Drive app in the Play Store, which now requires users to install standalone Sheets and Docs apps for editing of documents and spreadsheets. By stripping the editing function out of the Drive app, Google is intending that the Drive app be used for managing and viewing...
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Google Sheets gets Excel-friendly while Drive adds Activity Stream

Google Drive and Google Sheets for Android got some decent feature additions recently. Google Drive now lets users view changes made to files and folders from the details panel, along with a few new file management functions from the same pane. You can also change view, comment, or edit...

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Google Drive

Google goes back to school with Drive for Education

Google will offer an unlimited amount of Google Drive cloud storage space for free for all of its Google Apps for Education customers as part of a new program called Drive for Education. Google says, "With Drive for Education, users can put an end to worries about storage limits and more...
HTC doubles Google Drive storage for One M8, One Max, One Remix, and Desire devices

HTC doubles Google Drive storage for One M8, One Max, One Remix, and Desire devices

HTC is giving a boost to some of its newest devices with a promotion for new owners to get double the Google Drive storage capacity. Now, instead of the usual 50 GB cloud storage space, new One M8, One Remix, One Max, Desire 610, and Desire 816 owners can get 100 GB of storage for free for two...
Google Sheets

Google Sheets gets Excel-friendly while Drive adds Activity Stream

Google Drive and Google Sheets for Android got some decent feature additions recently. Google Drive now lets users view changes made to files and folders from the details panel, along with a few new file management functions from the same pane. You can also change view, comment, or edit...
Gmail update brings better Drive sharing

Gmail update brings better Drive sharing

Google is now beginning to push out an update to its Gmail app for Android which brings better sharing of content that's stored on Google Drive. You can now simply insert files, photos, and documents directly from Drive into your Gmail body and manage permissions on the go as to privacy and...
Google Drive is down, commence temporary panic

Google Drive is kind of down, commence temporary panicking

Google Drive is currently experiencing some down time but at the moment Google has not commented on what the problem might be with its cloud storage service. The downtime was first reported over an hour ago and at the moment Google's own App Status Dashboard site shows that there is indeed a "...
Google Docs

Latest Google Drive update now requires Docs and Sheets apps to edit files

Google has updated its Google Drive app in the Play Store, which now requires users to install standalone Sheets and Docs apps for editing of documents and spreadsheets. By stripping the editing function out of the Drive app, Google is intending that the Drive app be used for managing and viewing...
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Google Docs and Sheets get their own Android apps

Google has released two new apps for Android, one for Docs and one for Sheets. The two apps are dedicated to viewing and editing text documents, as opposed to the Google Drive app, which shows all of your documents in one place. It's a way to easily find all of your documents of a single type...
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Google Drive now supports streaming presentations to Chromecast

Google has quietly updated the web version of Google Drive with support for streaming presentations to Chromecast dongles. After installing the Google Cast plugin in Chrome, simply fire up a presentation in Google Drive, and click the arrow next to "Present" in the top right corner. Then choose...
Google Drive on the HTC One M8

AT&T HTC One M8 users see their Google Drive bonus wiped out, to return in May

The AT&T HTC One M8 has been hit with a glitch that has, at least temporarily, taken away the bonus 50GB of Google Drive storage that come with the device. HTC Advantage is one of the nicer services that come with the device; it includes benefits like free cracked screen replacement, HTC...
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Cheap Cloud Storage — which one saves you the most?

Google Drive goes way cheap, but how do Dropbox, Copy, Box and Microsoft's OneDrive stack up in terms of pricing? With Google Drive lowering its prices today, the online storage wars are heating up. And that's not to say that there isn't a reason to use one provider over another just because it'...

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