Google on Tuesday launched Drive, a cloud-based storage,. The service, which would compete with popular apps like Dropbox, Microsoft’s Sky Drive and Apple’s iCloud, would allow users to store up to 5GB data in Google’s servers for free.
However, the upgrades are not free. To upgrade to 25 GB will cost $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month and 1TB for $49.99/month. When upgraded to a paid account, the Gmail account storage will also expand to 25 GB.
Initially, Google Drive would be available for Android devices, PC and Mac. The company said that support for iPhone and iPad would be added later.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s vice president for Chrome and apps, says that
Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.
According to Pichai, Google Drive will work with Google Docs, hence giving users ability to edit or create documents within the app itself. This will give Google an advantage over Dropbox, an extremely popular cloud-based service, through which users can only sync their files.
Though for now users would be only able to attach photograph from Drive into Google+ posts, Pichai said that in future, it would also support Gmail.