Google Docs is now Google Drive - we take it for a spin

Welcome to the Google Drive era. Google Docs has been folded into GDrive, but it's still the same productivity suite you've come to know and love. And now it's got some pretty serious cloud sync (even more so than previous) behind it in the form of Google Drive.

The idea is that you can collaborate on anything. Everything. Someone share a PDF? You can comment on it, and the OP will get a notification that you did so. 

There's a desktop client for all this, too, and, yes, it's basically Google's version of Dropbox. All your former GDocs files show there, and opening them opens them either in Google Docs, or in a respective native app (for instance, I use Foxit for PDFs.) 

We've got a slew of screenies after the break. 

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50 Comments
  • So I've already got paid storage with Google (originally for Picasa), is this separate from my Google Drive?
  • Good question. I'd like to know this, too.
  • No. It's included. And good news, you can keep your old plan at the old pricing! The new plans are a bit more expensive so that's a plus. I had the same question but I couldn't be happier with the answer.
  • Says my drive isn't ready and they'll notify me when it is. Lame.
  • Same here.
  • I agree. Very lame.
  • impatient idiot
  • Ditto. Very annoying!!
  • It said the same for me but when I clicked on "notify" it allowed me in.
  • 5GB for few, not ALL. None of my google accounts can get it right now.
  • Smooth move Google, release a new service and then lock people out of it.
  • Same as Papstar... Any word on upload size limit?
  • If you HAVE paid storage.... You can keep your existing plan (better deal for most, I'm sure ... I pay $20 for 80GB/yr instead of $5/mo for 100GB [$60/yr]) If your plan lapses for any reason or you change plans, you are on the new tier. http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=39567&p=butte...
  • As for upload size limit, I just tried a 2GB video file and it uploaded ok. Currently working on a 9GB iso
  • Wow! Thanks!
  • Mine seems to be working...its set up and syncing across my Infuse 4g, laptop, and Acer Iconia tablet. I won't be dumping dropbox for drive, but box.net and sugarsync just got their eviction notices. After a day or so of real use, I will know better.
  • What is the upload limit
  • According to a post above, way more than 2GB (so far).
  • 10GB
  • I just updated the app and when I opened it I got the, "Your Google Drive is not ready yet. Notify me" treatment. That's fine I guess, I mean they are just rolling it out. *BUT* My Google Docs app is now gone. So I don't have Docs and I can't get drive yet. WTF! That's a problem! Edit: nevermine. I pressed the notify me button and then it said, "We'll let you know when Drive is ready. In the mean time, do you want to go to Google Docs?" Sorry for doubting you Google.
  • Right after you go ahead with the Notify Me option, you should be able to see a blue button that says Go to Google Docs below the message that says "We'll email you at...." That leads you to Google Docs, for now.
  • yeah, thanks. I saw that right after I posted. See edit above :)
  • just reopen the app...it'll load just fine ;) has anyone figured out where to get the windows app installer yet?
  • they told me they would notify me when its ready.
  • Liking it so far. One thing I've found that the Dropbox app beats it on is the ability to download a file to a specific location on your phone. "Make available offline" seems to download the file, but I can't find where to. I also wish it could do camera uploading like Dropbox can. AND ANOTHER THING, it would be cool to see a dedicated "Public" folder with an easy-to-remember URL like iDisk has (for example: "http://drive.google.com/donkee/Public")
  • I haven't tested it yet (because my drive isn't ready), but if it works like Google Music, then "make available offline" saves it to your phone, but you still access it through Google Drive. You just don't need a data connection. I'm sure if you browse around with Astro (or equivalent) you can find the file. Regarding camera uploading, I fully expect google to intergrate this into the Google+/Picasa auto upload feature. I also expect them to intergrage this with Google Music uploading. But that just my wild @$$ guess.
  • Same issue with the Android app here. I had a new album I wanted to put on my phone so thought I'd try it through G Drive. The album uploaded fine, and I successfully made a couple tracks offline. Unfortunately once the files are offline there is no way to access them. You can play each track individually via a variety of music apps, but you cannot move them from the G Drive to another folder. Similar to Google Music they seem to be only cached. For my purposes this severely limits the usefulness of the G Drive for my phone. While I can see that some files might be useful as a cache only version, saving space, etc... I do not typically have much need for this type of access. If I need to transfer a file to my phone for some reason I want unconditional access to the file. Oh well. I had high hopes. It certainly is not a Drop Box replacement. From what I can tell it works pretty well to move files between computers. I have to say I find the fact that the mobile app does not allow access to the actual files very odd. G Drive would have been an excellent tool to complement the excellent backup features Google provides to all Android phones. Having the ability to load files into your G Drive for access on an 'as needed' basis would have been perfect.
  • I wonder what this will mean (if anything) for Google Music's free 20GB.
  • Well, the 9GB file failed around 5GB.....not sure if thats a cap or just a data failure, but there it is
  • Thanks for the early info
  • You got only free google drive? if yes then thats limit of overall drive
  • G+ Photos/Picasa and Music integration would be nice. Just give them a sep