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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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"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....
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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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...
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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"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....
Gmail With Google Docs

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...
You can now share Drive files directly from Hangouts video chats

You can now share Drive files directly from Hangouts video chats

Google is making it easier than ever to share your Drive files today. The company just announced a new feature coming to Hangouts video calls that allows users to instantly share links to files stored in their Google Drive directly from the chat window. The sharing is dead simple, but Google...
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Soon you'll be able to launch desktop applications from Google Drive in Chrome

Google is trying to tie in its Google Drive cloud service more with its Chrome web browser, thanks to a new extension that will allow users to open files stored in Google Drive directly into a compatible desktop application. The new extension, which will roll out in the coming days, works with...
Google Drive gets Material Design with latest update

Google Drive gets Material Design with latest update

It looks like the Material Design makeover is continuing in full force. Google Drive received an update today, bringing with it some subtle design tweaks as well as new animations. You can check out some screenshots of the update below: As of right now, the changelog on Google Play doesn't...
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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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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...

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