Google to offer free cloud storage space

Wed 18 April 2012 12:00, Tamara Yadvichuk

Google to offer free cloud storage space

This week we’ve seen a lot of rumors over the internet about the mysterious Google Drive, a new feature from Google. Several sources report that next week Google will offer us 5Gb of free online storage space integrated between different devices.

Cloud storage is becoming a hot topic as more and more users switch to services like Dropbox instead of using USB-sticks and memory cards. Storing files online is very convenient if you often work on different computers, and apps allow you to access your stuff on the phone and tablet.  Only a couple weeks ago I wrote about Yandex.Disk, a new feature from the Russian search engine, which by the way offers as much as 10Gb of free space – I’m using the service already, in essence it’s Dropbox in Russian.

Google has already done something to make it easy for its users switch between different devices. When they launched Google Play last month it was positioned as a fully integrated cloud with all your entertainment content, including music, movies, books and apps. But since so far the service is fully functional only in US, for most of the world it meant one thing: Android Store moved to a different address.

Google hasn’t made an official announcement about the new feature yet, so it is not clear what benefits Google Drive will offer, but I agree with the bloggers who say that there will be little added value if we will see yet another Dropbox alternative. I'll keep you posted! 

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