Google Drive debuts


By Andrew Hudson Published: April 24, 2012 Updated: August 8, 2016

After years of rumors, the online data-storage service Google Drive launched today, with more data space at lower prices than competing services from Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and sector darling Dropbox.

“Just like the Loch Ness Monster, you may have heard the rumors about Google Drive. It turns out, one of the two actually does exist.”
Google Blog, April 24, 2012.

With Google Drive, photographers can store an amazing 100 GB for $4.99 a month, to be shared with any Web-connected device. Shoot with a Wi-Fi-enabled camera, edit online, save in your portfolio, and deliver to your client, all without using a desktop computer or local hard drive.

“Drive is at the heart of what cloud computing is.”
Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome and apps.

“This puts Google directly in the game for personal cloud services.”
Michael Gartenberg, analyst, Gartner.

Comparison of Cloud Storage Services
ServiceFree100GB1TB
Amazon Cloud Drive5GB$80
Apple iCloud5GB55GB max for $8.33
Box5GB50GB max for $20
Dropbox2GB$20
Google Drive5GB$5$50
Microsoft SkyDrive7GB$4
Prices are per month, as of April 24, 2012.

Google announcement | drive.google.com

For more information, read Online backup reviews.

Source: USA Today.

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