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A purported leaked screenshot of a Google Drive download page. Image courtesy of TalkAndroid
This morning, Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin reported on newly leaked images of Google Drive, a rumored cloud storage offering from the web storage king. Gmail already offers more than 7 gigabytes (GB) of email storage, so the question was, what will Google Drive offer. From these leaked images — the validity of which is unverified — the answer is 5GB, even though last week it was 2GB.
Why the screenshots would show different starting sizes is unclear. Assuming the images are real, they could have been taken from different stages of development, or may not be representative of the final version that Google will offer.
In the last few months rumors have swirled any many have speculated on when exactly Google is going to jump into the consumer cloud storage market. Companies like DropBox and Box both offer gigabytes of free storage so that anyone can access their PDF’s, pictures and documents from any web browser. Despite not yet having a dedicated service, Google is still the web’s storage giant, so such a product is inevitable.
Have your say: Will you take Google Drive for a ride if 5 GB is on offer? Should the folks at DropBox be worried?
Dropbox is a free service offered to millions of individuals around the world. You may ask, "What is Dropbox?" To make the answer short, Dropbox is a cloud storage device similar to Amazon Cloud Drive. However there a few differences.
The major difference that I have noticed and enjoyed in how Dropbox integrates within your computer. Once you sign up for Dropbox, you have an option to install the application directly on your computer. Once the application is installed, it is fully integrated within your directories. In essence when you save a word document you have an option to save to you computer or directly to DropBox. This takes completely takes out the step of logging in, uploading, and then downloading your files. It is an easy, simple and useful application. In addition, once the application is installed on your computer Dropbox displays friendly notifications on the bottom right hand part of your screen letting you know if a new file has been updated. This helps keep you aware of changing files. Feel free to check it out at: Dropbox