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Report: Google Drive to Launch Next Week

By - Source: Om Malik | B 12 comments

Do we dare to hope?

We've been hearing various whispers and rumors about Google Drive for years so to hear yet another rumor about the Dropbox-like service is not really at all surprising. This one comes by way of Giga Om, from Om Malik himself. Malik claims that despite the 'Boy Who Cried Wolf' feel to this topic, this time, Google Drive might really be happening.

Om cites an unnamed source that says Google will launch the service in the first week of April. According to his sources, Google is going to offer 1GB of storage space for free, with the option for users to obtain more space as long as they're willing to fork over some cash for the privilege. Google is also said to have developed an API for third party apps with this service so users can store content from other apps, too.

Google has commented beyond the usual 'we don't comment on rumors and speculation' bit, but considering April starts this coming Sunday, we're not going to be left hanging on the edge of our seats for long. There's also the fact that the Google Drive rumor is as old as the hills, so holding your breath isn't advised, anyway.

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    dalauder , March 28, 2012 3:49 AM
    seelsAnything Google does, Apple does better. I don't know why these companies bother, they should just give up. Apple is #1, and always will be.
    Name 1 Apple product that I'd have a reason to own? The only reason I don't own any Apple products is because I have yet to find one worth buying.
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    jhansonxi , March 27, 2012 11:12 PM
    Might eliminate the need for GmailFS.
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    Marco925 , March 28, 2012 12:45 AM
    Upon reading the title, i thought this was an enhancement for Google Streetview.
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    koga73 , March 28, 2012 2:42 AM
    Great now google can snoop through your files
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    Steelwing , March 28, 2012 2:53 AM
    Will this have encryption? A server can be hacked, or information can be given to authorities demanding it. Though I have nothing illegal to hide, I don't want my private info being looked at by others.

    I currently use SpiderOak which uses "zero-knowledge" data encryption. If Google Drive uses something like that I'll certainly look into it.

    1GB doesn't sound like much, but you can't complain if it's free. I WOULD like to be able to use the space from my Gmail account as extra storage space for the drive. I have roughly 7.6GB that I am not using.
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    that man , March 28, 2012 2:53 AM
    First week of April? How about April 1st?
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    dalauder , March 28, 2012 3:48 AM
    that manFirst week of April? How about April 1st?
    Why isn't anyone talking about Google's long history of April Fool's Day Hoaxes? My guess is they'll launch with 1TB free space and a free wireless internet with video streaming service along with a press release stating it's actually a joke.
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    dalauder , March 28, 2012 3:49 AM
    seelsAnything Google does, Apple does better. I don't know why these companies bother, they should just give up. Apple is #1, and always will be.
    Name 1 Apple product that I'd have a reason to own? The only reason I don't own any Apple products is because I have yet to find one worth buying.
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    jryan388 , March 28, 2012 4:04 AM
    Dropbox???
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    arlandi , March 28, 2012 4:33 AM
    if it's real, then i hope they offer more than 1GB. That is too small to compete. even with my free account in dropbox, i have 4.5GB...
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    the_crippler , March 28, 2012 1:08 PM
    Like others have said, 1GB isn't worth the effort. There are already other free services offering more. So, either this is a dropped ball on Google's part, or the rumors aren't accurate.
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    tntom , March 28, 2012 2:35 PM
    Please bring more save features such as:
    translate - i am living in Peru but speak spanish poorly so I make shopping lists. Would love to be able to save them without cutting and pasting into word processor. this way they are associated with the program I use to make them, available on any device.
    maps - it's save features leave much to be desired
    allow opening the document to launch the associated web app
    please get Google+ Picasa integration worked out it is a mess right now.
    how will the storage I have already purchased be affected by this?
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    soundping , March 28, 2012 3:59 PM
    Smells like MPAA is cooking something...