Today, Google has finally come forward and officially announced their newest offering “Google Drive”. For those of you unfamiliar with the product, it’s Google’s own cloud storage service, and for anyone who is willing to give it a try, they are offering 5GB’s of storage for free. If thats not enough for you and your crazy media hoarding, then you can upgrade to 25GB’s a month for $2.49, 100GB’s for $4.99 a month or 1TB for $49.99 a month. Rumor has it that while in the sign up stage you actually get prices that are a lot lower.
And of course some of the services that are going to be available via “Google Drive” will be:
- The ability to store your items safely on the web and having access to them anywhere you go. Best of all not only will you have access to your content on any PC or Mac but you will also have the ability to use it on any mobile device such as a phone or tablet. As of now Android users have the first run of things on any Android Tablet or Mobile phone, but soon iOS devices will be receiving an app as well.
- Google Doc’s will also be built into right into “Google Drive” which will offer users the ability to create and share documents in real time. Best of all once a users granted access to content they will have the ability to add images, videos, PDF’s, and any other type of media. Users will also receive notifications when other people share or comment content as well.
- Another ability that users will have with “Google Drive” is the abilty to search for content based on keywords and filters. This means when you’re looking for something you’ll be able find it much faster. Best of all “Google Drive” will be using image recognition so when you upload an image it can categorize it for you for quicker use. And for those of us who like to upload documents you’ll also have OCR (Optional Character Recognition) built in. This will give users the ability to upload documents and edit them in real time.
If you’re a heavy Google user, then “Google Drive” is a serious must, but even if you don’t it’s not worth passing up. With a great set of features that will undoubtedly evolve and become greater I’d say it’s worth it to use.