March 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM ET
Rumors of a possible (and basically inevitable) cloud-storage service from Google continue to pop up, with a new report pinpointing April as the month we might see the debut of Google Drive, or GDrive, as it has been unofficially dubbed.
Also referred to as Drive in a report by The Wall Street Journal in February, Google's endeavor will work much like existing services such as Dropbox, where files can be stored and retrieved from mobile devices and PCs.
Besides the popular Dropbox, which provides 2 GB for free, other cloud-storage services include Box (up to 5 GB free), Microsoft's SkyDrive (25 GB free with a Hotmail account/Windows Live ID), the Amazon Cloud Drive (5 GB free) and Apple's iCloud (5 GB free with iOS 5).
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Gigaom's Om Malik has come out with the latest update, as well as a quick rundown of the service in the works, which reads almost like an urban legend.
Malik's unnamed sources told him:
Google is going to offer 1 GB of storage space for free, but will charge for more storage ... Google’s product will come with a local client and the Web interface will look much like the Google Docs interface. Interestingly, it will launch for Google Apps customers and will be domain specific as well. Google has also built an API for third party apps with this service so folks can store content from other apps in the Google drive.
One gigabyte seems low for Google, especially when all of its main competitors are offering 5 GB, but we'll keep an eye out for this and update you with details if, or rather, when the Google Drive comes to light.