Google’s emergence into the cloud storage arena has been talked about for years. Their Google Drive service
is expected to be a storage system to rival Dropbox in simplicity, but integrate so deeply into Google’s existing
products (including Android) that Google users will be compelled to make the switch. So far, we’ve only seen
whispers of the service, with a promise from “sources close to the matter” that the service will be “coming any
day now”. After a long wait, we’ve finally seen compelling evidence that Google Drive is on its way.
Late last night, Google Docs accounts the world over started receiving an update, specifically to the volume of
total storage each account was capable of. If you have a free Google Docs account, your storage cap has been
(or will be soon) upgraded to 5GB, which we know is the cap for Google’s free Drive account. Furthermore, the
documents you have stored in Google Docs right now don’t seem to count against this storage, suggesting that
the only thing that counts against your storage cap in Drive are things you do not create from within a Google service.
In a final bit of evidence, the video clip below shows off just a taste of the Drive service. All you see is the link in
the share section, but it is further proof that the app does exist, and is clearly being tested. It remains to be seen
whether or not Google Drive will offer the clean, functional user interface we’ve come to appreciate from services
like Dropbox, but the evidence here certainly suggests that Google is going to give it a pretty good try.