By Stephen Schenck | April 16, 2012 5:05 PM
We heard the first whispers about Google Drive back in February, before the cloud storage service even had a name. Google’s always endeavored to be a one-stop-shop for its users, and with so many other companies now offering cloud storage options, it only made sense that Google would have to get on the bandwagon eventually. More recently, we heard a little about just how much storage Google might offer through Drive for free, first tipped to be an underwhelming 1GB but then revised to a healthier-sounding 5GB. Supposedly, Google was planning to launch Drive during the first week of April. As we get started with the third week of the month, Drive has yet to launch; is it still in our immediate future? A new leak says that this week will be another wash, but Google appears to be preparing to get Drive started mid-next-week.
In addition to naming a potential launch date for Drive (likely either April 24 or 25), this source also confirms the 5GB of storage for free accounts. This information supposedly comes from one of the companies that will be integrating Google Drive as a storage option with its products once the service goes live.
The big question is if Google will be able to draw users away from competing cloud services. The Google name itself will be a huge draw, and if we see it tightly integrated into Android it could be a big usability win, as well. Probably the only things going against Google are trying to break into an established field and not offering as much free storage as some peers. Despite those issues, we have a feeling that Google Drive could end up as a force to be reckoned with.