Google Drive for iPhone and iPad Coming Soon

Earlier today, Google finally unleashed its cloud storage service, Google Drive. And while the application has been released for Android users on the Google Play Store, the company failed to launch a dedicated Google Drive iOS application for iPhone and iPad users. According to Google though, the application is close to completion and should be arriving soon.

According to comments made by Google SVP of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai to AllThingsD, the Google Drive iOS app “is 98 percent done” and it will be arriving on the iOS App Store “soon.”

Pichai declined to offer specifics on exactly how soon iOS users might see it.

Google Drive iOS App Coming Soon

The response was to a question that asked whether the company would take years to release the application, kind of like how it took a lengthy amount of time for Google’s Chrome browser to show up for Apple’s Mac OS X operating system.

That won’t be the case with Google Drive and that should be music to the ears of iPhone and iPad users who use services like Google Docs, Gmail, and Google+ on a daily basis.

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Assuming the iOS is the same as the Android application, it will offer users quite a bit in terms of functionality.

The Android application features:

Keep everything. Share anything.

*** Google Docs is now a part of Google Drive! ***
* Keep everything. Share anything.
* With Google Drive, you can store all your files in one place, so you can access them from anywhere and share them with others
* Use the Google Drive Android app to access your photos, documents, videos and other files stored on your Google Drive
* Upload files to Google Drive directly from your Android device
* Share any file with your contacts
* Access files others have shared with you on Google Drive
* Make any file available offline so you can access them even when you don’t have an Internet connection
* Create and edit Google documents with rich text formatting
* Edits to your Google documents appear to collaborators in seconds
* Make quick changes to spreadsheets
* View your PDFs, presentations and more
* Upload and convert files to the Google Docs format
* Take a photo of printed text and convert it to a Google document
* Optimized experience to take advantage of larger screens for tablet users, Honeycomb (Android 3.0+)

Pichai says that the iOS application “works today” so it should only be a matter of days (or weeks) before we see the highly anticipated software land in the iOS App Store.

  

Comments

  1. Mike Irving Apps says

    iOS users should try SkyDrive… Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, currently offering upto 25GB for free, along with full support for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC and Mac

    • David M says

      Dropbox has a nice library available for iOS apps and a great desktop utility to keep things in sync. It even understands Mac app packages and resource forks.
      I don’t really like that you can’t share from the filesystem yet using Google Drive. You have to go to the website to make a public or private link.

    • Ziersen says

      My skydrive for MAC ran fine for 1 day. Now it crashes every time I start it:-(
      IT still runs fine on PC, iPhone and iPad.

    • Aleš says

      Yes, you’re right, but 10.6 Snow Leopard is not supported. And that is the problem for many Mac users…

  2. Ptl Salz says

    What’s the point of giving 25GB when you cannot load files bigger than 100MB. Skydrive is Useless compare to all others like dropbox or 4shared

  3. Steve Zhang says

    hey, iDocs HD PRO support google drive on iPad. it’s download link is http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idocs-hd-pro-for-google-docs/id498653441?mt=8

    • Deany says

      Can you give a quick tutorial on how you do this? I’m buying my iPhone this weekend. Folks keep telling me that I shouldn’t get it because it’s not compatible with Google cloud services. But I prefer to use an iPhone and Google services. Help is appreciated. Thanks, Deany

  4. Valkrider says

    My Google docs for PC ran for 3 days until it started crashing the PC I am going to forget about it and go back to Dropbox and Skydrive.

  5. Blake says

    I use Minus and I’m fine with it. It’s 26GB (for my account now) free. You can get 50GB free and it has apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, Mac, Ubuntu, etc.

    Sure, Google may have a good name and cool interface but if I had to upgrade storage for Google Drive with a one time pay totally worth it, if it’s monthly I might as well keep Minus. Mega triple the storage and for free.

  6. Sky says

    98% done? Today is 26 May ,A month passed already , still no google Drive app for ios, so from a simple math it mean that the iOS google drive project is at least 100/2=50 month long (if percentage is regarding to time), which means the project started before iOS itself, what a joke!

    • JC says

      The joke is you thinking app development works linearly. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s best not to say anything.

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