by April 26, 2012 0 comments

Google Drive will offer 5GB of storage space for documents, videos, photos, PDFs and other files, while Google docs is is built-in to the service. Users can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. And when you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB. The service will enable you to work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations, share content with others. As you share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on an image, PDF file or video file and receive notifications as others comment on shared docs.

You can install Drive App on your Android phone or tablet apart from your Mac or PC. The service is for available for iOS devices as yet. However, regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.

The search feature of the service will allow you search by keyword and filter by type and owner. With Optical Character Recognition technology (OCR), Drive can recognize text in scanned documents, so next time you upload an old newspaper cutting, you can search for a word from the actual document. Drive also has image recognition so that you can drag and drop images of your last trip.

Drive works seamlessly with other Google products. Users will be able to attach files from Drive directly to Gmail. Plus, your videos and pictures in Google Drive are instantly available in Google+ to share with others.

You can open over 30 file types in your browser including HD video, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, irrespective of whether you have the program installed on your computer.

Given the features and its positioning, it sounds like Google Drive is set to oust other popular services like Dropbox, SkyDrive.

So, will Drive kill Dropbox? Let’s wait and watch!

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