Google Drive, Google’s cloud-based service that will challenge the likes of Dropbox and Box, is apparently going to be officially rolling out during the month of April, this according to Om Malik from GigaOm. It appears that the service will be released sometime during the first week of April which just so happens to be next week.
According to Malik’s sources, Google Drive will offer up 1GB of cloud storage for free and will charge for additional space. This would be an interesting approach considering Dropbox offers up a whole 2GB for free.
He also says that Google Drive will come with a local client as well as on the web with the interface appearing much like the current state of Google Docs.
There’s also said to be an API that allows users to store information from other applications in the cloud.
An April launch would be curious as Google’s Google I/O developers conference, which sold out in under 30 minutes today, is set to take place in June.
Google I/O is a huge event and one that would make sense as a launching pad for Google Drive. But at this point, it looks like a launch could come much sooner than this summer, especially when we’ve already seen screenshots of the service emerge, confirming that the product is, at the very least, being prepped for launch.
In any event, it appears that the service that has been rumored since 2006 will finally be making it to the public and it will be interesting to see how well it’s able to stack up against the competition.