Google Drive cloud storage service official, offers 5GB of space for free

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: April 24, 2012

Google Drive

Google has long been rumored to be prepping an online storage service dubbed Drive for some time, and today the company made it nice and official. Google Drive is now live, allowing users to store up to 5GB of photos, videos, PDFs and other documents for no charge. Customers that'd like more storage can upgrade to a larger Drive account, with pricing set at 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or 1TB for $49.99/month. (Upgrading to a paid account will also increase your Gmail storage to 25GB.)

Google Drive allows users to store files in the cloud and access them from any computer, and users can also search their documents by word, file type, owner and more. Drive is also capable of reading the text of scanned documents. Additionally, Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, allowing for the users to access and work on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Google Drive is available for PC and Mac, and an Android app is now available in the Google Play store. Google says iOS support is coming soon.

So there's Google Drive. It's good to see the oft-rumored service finally made official, and it'll be interesting to see how many people make the jump to Google Drive from other cloud storage services like Dropbox, especially with Drive's competitive pricing for extra storage. You can find Google's Drive introduction video below, and those of you that want to start loading your Drive up right away can do so at the Google Drive link below. Once you're done, go ahead and drop your thoughts of Drive into the comments below. We're all ears.

Via Official Google Blog, Google Drive