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Google Set to Drive Cloud Storage Competition Away!

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Saturday, 31 March 2012 06:00

Google is set to unleash its own cloud storage into the Android mix, and is no doubt hoping to topple its fierce competition. Google Drive (GDrive), an online cloud storage service that has been in the pipeline for almost 6 years is rumoured to be in gear and ready to roll as early as the beginning of April 2012, according to GigaOm, who have reliable sources.

Google, however, remain tight-lipped at this point, refusing to deny or acknowledge anything concerning Google Drive, continuing a game of 'dangle the carrot' that has been teasing eager potential users at regular intervals since it was very first mentioned in 2006.

Google Drive, cloud storage service.

With the likes of iCloud and DropBox already well established, even Google may have its work cut out. Google apparently plans to offer the first GB of storage free, after which there will be a cost involved. This seems a meagre initial offering in light of companies such as DropBox, Google's main competitor in this area, currently offering 2 GB free of charge. Think 'Google Docs' in terms of Google Drive's interface as this is what it will apparently resemble upon launch.

What Does Cloud Storage Offer?

For those of you that are unsure exactly what cloud storage is and really don't fancy having to get a helicopter ride to retrieve your items, it's reassuring to know that it is virtual storage where your data is stored remotely and is accessible from absolutely anywhere, as long as you have your device and WiFi!

It is the virtual method of storage that is becoming the mainstay, and the reason why newer models of Android phones/tablets have no need to offer much internal storage or a microSD card slot. The sky really is the limit where cloud storage is concerned, and the white fluffy stuff above us is pretty much endless.

Data on cloud storage can be retrieved anywhere on any device.

So all of your precious online photographs, videos, music, movies, ebooks, files and Android apps can be stored without taking up any unnecessary room on your overburdened memory card, and usually will also act as a backup so that all of your media is safe and sound.

The potential that cloud storage offers is limitless and it will be very interesting to see exactly how Google plans to drive its competition far, far away, if of course it really is launching Google Drive, and not just planting further red herrings.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:54 )
 

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