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Google is set to release their own shared cloud storage solution, says the Wall Street Journal.  Their insiders have said that Google will soon launch called "Drive" will rival Dropbox in functionality, being able to "store photos, documents and videos on Google's servers so that they could be accessible from any Web-connected device and allows them to easily share the files with others."  It sounds like it will have some overlap with Picasa, Google Docs, and Youtube, but at this time nobody has all the particulars.  

The new service, expected to launch in the coming weeks or months, will be free for most folks, businesses included.  Google will only charge those who want to "store a large amount of files", so there will be a premium service with more capacity.  If Google does release this one, we would certainly expect it to hit Android devices soon after.  Could this be the big thing at Google I/O this year?

Source: WSJ

 
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Brilliant. Dropbox apps and such are all well and good, but nothing beats the OS integration of the Gapps.

I have mixed feelings about proprietary software integration. On the one hand it does tend to make services more convenient to use, but on the other the more each platform has its own unique set of integrated services, the harder it is to change or use multiple platforms efficiently. It's the sort of thing Android fans have called Apple out for in the past; having an ecosystem that tends to make it hard to leave once you're in.

I suppose it's difficult to avoid; heck, I use and enjoy the many Google-integrated apps in Android too. But I am aware that the more Google things I use, the harder it will be for me to ever leave Google behind if I wanted to.

I don't want to leave Google.

I love it here.

I pray that Google will make a ecosystem like apple's, and keep being as transparent to users as they have been in the past.

Google wants all of us and they know they don't have to lie to us because we want them too.

You left out a key difference between the two platforms:

With Google/Android, you have the option to use the platform and NOT use the integrated services and instead use 3rd party services.

The thing to remember here is that most Google services are web based. You can use google music on an iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone or Laptop by going to https://music.google.com. You can use G+ via the mobile web app. You definitely are not locked down.

works really well for me on ipod touch and blackberry playbook. there is even different versions for mobile that make it really easy to use for phones.

google has a service for leaving and taking your data with you.
If Google hadn't, someone else would.

For example, when G+ popped up, it wasn't long before someone came up with a firefox extension that yanks all your Facebook pictures and puts them into Picasa. Poof, done. My Facebook profile is a shell of itself, now, and I only really use it for family and work now.

Long as it has full encryption with keys unknown to Google, it should be very popular.
They have the clout to put all the smaller fry out of business, but trust in google is on the wane. Google will have to offer something none of the others do for people to start giving them any thing additional to turn into ads.

With the government going to great lengths to go after file sharing and the labels media giants issuing take down notices by the thousands, you have to wonder why Google wants to get into this business at this particular moment. Seems like just looking for trouble.

The only safe way to run such a service is the way SpiderOak does it, where they have zero knowledge of the content and couldn't look at it if they had cops with warrants and guns staring at them.

i love Dropbox. it will be really interesting to see what Google offers. i love Google too but i'm not sure about keeping all of my eggs in one basket.

BTW - this is a great article and video -

CEO Drew Houston on meeting Steve Jobs and landing a $4 billion valuation.
The Inside Story Of Tech's Hottest Startup

Jobs smiled warmly as he told them he was going after their market. “He said we were a feature, not a product,” says Houston. Courteously, Jobs spent the next half hour waxing on over tea about his return to Apple, and why not to trust investors, as the duo—or more accurately, Houston, who plays Penn to Ferdowsi’s mute Teller—peppered him with questions.

When Jobs later followed up with a suggestion to meet at Dropbox’s San Francisco office, Houston proposed that they instead meet in Silicon Valley. “Why let the enemy get a taste?” he now shrugs cockily. Instead, Jobs went dark on the subject, resurfacing only this June, at his final keynote speech, where he unveiled iCloud, and specifically knocked Dropbox as a half-attempt to solve the Internet’s messiest dilemma: How do you get all your files, from all your devices, into one place?

Houston’s reaction was less cocky: “Oh, s–t.” The next day he shot a missive to his staff: “We have one of the fastest-growing companies in the world,” it began. Then it featured a list of one-time meteors that fell to Earth: MySpace, Netscape, Palm, Yahoo.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriabarret/2011/10/18/dropbox-the-inside...

AS long as it has offline storage/sync as well I am in. That is why I stick with dropbox...the offline access and syncing is so easy to use and so convenient. I have no doubt they will give a lot of space. Microsoft gives 25GB with it's Skydrive so I am guessing Google will give quite a bit. Hopefully they have a good UI too. Google's UI in some of their apps and things like Gmail on the PC isn't that great.

Can somebody explain how this is different than Google Docs? I already have a Docs app on my phone.

my guess is more space and a better UI. a true desktop folder that pushes automatically to the cloud just like Dropbox.

That sounds like what INSYNC (www.insynchq.com) is doing right now. Wonder if Google is buying them or reinventing the wheel. Either way, a desktop folder that syncs with Google would be great. I also love Dropbox and will probably keep my account(s) with them as well. :)

Google docs is good for, well, docs, and pictures, pdfs, and not a lot else.

Put anything unusual on google docs, and your phone doesn't know what to do with it even if it can see it, and even if you have software for it already on the phone/tablet. Ebooks stored in Google docs are not readable on your phone, even with an ebook reader installed because when you select a google doc file it gets downloaded to your phone a some other file type and gets store in some odd-ball location.

I suspect this will end up being the back end storage engine for docs and music and picasa, and a lot of other stuff, allowing you to offload a lot of seldom used stuff from your phone, and sync stuff you truely need up to date.

I like!!! I guess I kinda already thought I had this with docs and even gmail but it'll be nice to see how Google stacks up next to Dropbox or Minus. :)