By Stephen Schenck | March 30, 2012 12:01 PM
Earlier this week, we heard some new rumors about Google Drive, the company’s expected upcoming cloud storage system. Beyond suggesting that the service might launch as soon as next week, the claims we looked into at the time said that Google would be limiting free accounts to a mere 1GB of storage. Considering how meager that figure sounded when compared against those of some of the cloud storage peers Google will soon find itself amongst, we were hoping this was one rumor that didn’t pan out. Thankfully, it now seems that just might be the case, with a new leak showing a Google Drive that gives users 5GB of free space.
Granted, many of the other cloud storage players are offering free users a lot more space, but past a certain point, the sheer number of gigabytes starts mattering less. What’s important is if you have enough space to just casually upload files whenever you please, without much of a second thought, or if you’re going to have to be carefully managing what will fit; we’ve got a feeling that moving from 1GB to 5GB is going to mean a whole lot more users would now be falling into that former class.
This leak is accompanied by the rumor that the Drive launch date might just be a little later than we last heard, now apparently scheduled for sometime in the third week of April.