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by George Heymann

Google Drive, Great start but room for improvement!

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

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It’s been nearly a week since Google released Google Drive, and it’s off to a great start. Drive is available for Android, Mac and PC with an iOS and Linux client promised soon. The cloud storage drive comes with 5 GB of free storage which is upgradeable to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB.

I’ve been using Drive to replace Dropbox for many functions and have been satisfied with its initial implementation. I share my gDoc files as well as an assortment of other files between several of my devices.

Google Docs is integrated with Drive and I would like to see a shared Synced Google Music Folder that would replace the Google Music Manager for Up/Downloading music files. A shared Photo folder would also be a welcomed addition.

Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome & Apps has stated that this is just the beginning for Google Drive, “Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience. You can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail. Drive is also an open platform, so we’re working with many third-party developers so you can do things like send faxes, edit videos andcreate website mockups directly from Drive. To install these apps, visit the Chrome Web Store—and look out for even more useful apps in the future.”

I look forward to future enhancements to Google Drive, once the iOS client is available, It will be my main cloud storage drive across all of my devices. Are you using Drive? Leave your comments and suggestions below.

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One Response

  1. It’s the IP ownership issues that concern me, and I’m not much of an alarmist there usually. I have no incentive to switch from Dropbox.

    Good to see you today. Sorry the staff meetings kept me preoccupied, but I wish there had been more time to chat!

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