The wait may finally be over for the rumored Google Drive or GDrive, which should compete with services like Dropbox and Skydrive. GigaOm's Om Malik says that it will be launched the first week of April.
"According to the details from my sources, Google is going to offer 1 GB of storage space for free, but will charge for more storage. The market leader Dropbox currently offers 2 GB for free. Google's product will come with a local client and the web interface will look much like the Google Docs interface. Interestingly, it will launch for Google Apps customers and will be domain specific as well. Google has also built an API for third party apps with this service so folks can store content from other apps in the Google drive. My sources are impressed, so far with what they have seen."
The Google I/O registration, an annual conference held in June for developers in San Francisco, began today. One would think Google might actually think of waiting until June to announce Google Drive, adding to their publicity.
The Tech-Stew Take Home
We at Tech-Stew have talked on our Podcast in the past about Google Drive and the opening of API's for third party app development, so this information seems consistent. But the question remains as to how they will compete with loyal Dropbox customers who already get 2 GB for free. It would seem possible they may offer 1 GB as a starting point then gradually increase this, or offer more space for a fee.
Google has stumbled in the past like with their initial release of Google Music without any record labels, which they later fixed. Google Play could to have ties to GDrive for storing things like digital movie content. So the potential exists for big results from Google Drive.
The real advantage could be for loyal Google customers who like having all their services coming from one company. Google Drive could really "drive" things home for a lot of users, pun intended.
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