The announcement comes shortly after Google France jumped the gun with the announcement and detailed the service in its entirety. As expected, the service is going to offer users 5GB of cloud storage for free and those who need more storage space will be able to purchase more if needed. For 25GB of extra storage, it’s going to cost $2.49 per month. 100GB will be $4.99 a month and those who need a ton of space can opt for 1TB for $49.99 a month.
Those who upgrade will automatically see their Gmail storage space increase to 25GB in capacity.
Google has detailed the service and it matches up with the rumors.
Here is the full rundown:
- Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
- Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just… there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
- Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.
Google details the service further in the video below:
The company says that the service will be built-in to the existing Google experience which means that it will connect with services like Google+ and Gmail. In the future, Gmail and Google+ users will be able to attach images that are stored in Drive.
Unfortunately, the company did not detail any standalone application for iOS devices something that had been rumored previously.
Google did however say that it has a lot more planned for Google Drive and that this is only the beginning so we fully expect an application for iDevice owners to arrive at some point in the future.
To start using Google Drive, head on over to its official website.