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Google's Cloud Storage Service 'Drive' Spotted in the Wild

By - Source: GeekWire | B 7 comments

Just last week, rumors surfaced that said Google was close to launching its own cloud storage service to rival existing products like DropBox and Word on the street was that the service would offer both paid and free space for consumers looking to store files online and access them from multiple devices. These rumors said that the service, which is apparently called Google Drive, would launch "within the next couple of weeks or months."

Now, just one week later, we're getting what could be our first glimpse of Google Drive. The screenshot below comes courtesy of one GeekWire reader that says Google Drive has been enabled in his Google Account.

'Install Google Drive' can clearly be seen in the sidebar, as well as 'My Drive,' which apparently shows users what documents they have stored with their Google Drive account, and Recently Shared, which is presumably documents that have been shared with you from your contacts. There's also a big red 'Create' button and what looks like an upload button. What we can't see, is a storage space indicator. It's also not really clear how this differs from Google Docs, which also allows people to create and share documents with other people or a group of people.

This is the first report of Google Drive being activated on someone's Google account and so far it's unclear if this is an accident or the beginning of a staggered roll-out. Let us know if you have Google Drive on your Google account!

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    panders4 , February 17, 2012 9:59 PM
    Looks like a poorly edited Google Docs page. I call BS.
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    amdphenomx4 , February 17, 2012 10:18 PM
    Who would upload pdf's and docs to Google Drive? If it was actually out, you wouldn't have those files, you would have actual files that are not already on Google Docs or Picasa Web. This is BS, as panders4 said.
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    Anonymous , February 18, 2012 12:28 AM
    there are already tools like syncdocs that enable gdrive
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    The-Darkening , February 18, 2012 2:44 AM
    I agree on the BS call. The black bar on top is an old design. Where "Drive" is, there was "Docs". Now the bar has +You first and then all other things. How did this made news...
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    jaber2 , February 20, 2012 3:29 PM
    Did someone call shananigans?
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    eddieroolz , February 20, 2012 7:02 PM
    So basically, Skydrive but with spyware loaded. Do not want.
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    scottlevy59 , February 28, 2012 5:21 PM
    Fantastic post. Here’s a tool that lets you build your cloud database apps without coding