Google Drive25 Apr 2012 1 Comment
The long rumored “G-Drive” has been eluding us for a few years now but it is finally here. Google is going head-to-head with Dropbox with its Google Drive and here are some of the advantages of using Google’s solution:
- Paid plans are cheaper
- Offers more free space 5GB (unless you have Dropbox referrals)
- Images and videos uploaded through Google+ do not count against your available space (restrictions apply)
- Document collaboration ala Google Docs
- Supports online viewing for "over 30 file types" including Photoshop, illustrator and HD Video (not sure how the support stacks up to Dropbox)
- Sync appears to be much faster than Dropbox
- Space also applies to other Google products: Gmail & Picasa
- Shared files give you a commenting and chat interface – which is actually more useful than it sounds
- If you happen to be grandfathered into a Google storage plan the prices are DIRT CHEAP.
- Improved search over Dropbox – including OCR recognition of PDFs, etc. This is really nice for eBooks.
- Files can be kept forever even if you stop paying. Stop paying and your files over the free storage limit will remain with read-only access as long as you want them. You could consider it pay once forever hosting.
- File-level app permissions. Apps don’t need access to your entire Dropbox, you can grant them access to a single file.
The service is still not available for everyone, it is slowly rolling out..