Google Launches Google Drive – For Now Not a SugarSync or Drop Box Killer

Posted by at 4:04 pm on April 24, 2012

Google Drive is here and for now it is no SugarSync, Drop Box or SkyDrive.  The first major missing part is OS integration.  It a few weeks out! Next you are getting a very small about of space for free.  Now on the Plus side it has a great search system with OCR support and can display 30 plus files types in the browser.

Core Points

  • Drive gives new users 5 GB free for each user account. Upgrades are 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB.
  • Docs storage does not count against your Google Drive quota
  • Desktop apps for Windows and OS X are available today. Android is there too but iOS won’t be here for a few more weeks.
  • Drive will allow 30+ file types to open natively in the browser, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and HD video.

It Has Search with OCR

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. It also uses image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your New York Citytrip into Drive, you can later search for [New York City] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and is expected to get better over time.

It worth taking for a spin but needs some work, especially on the stability of the Mac client, and iOS support before it can take on SugarSync or Drop Box


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