The team that officially broke the news of Google’s new online cloud storage offering is at it again, and this time we’re letting you know that Google has made it official. Over at the official Google Blog, the search giant has finally announced all of the mouth watering details we’ve been waiting for. The days of not being able to send a file via email because it’s too long or large are over. If you’ve got a large file to send over 25 mb’s, Google Drive will allow you to seamlessly share the link via any means. In addition, once you upgrade to 25 GB’s, your Gmail storage will also be updated to that amount.
Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.
With Google Drive, you can:
- Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
- Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just… there. You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
- 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. Let’s say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.
As anticipated, Google is starting everyone off with 5GB of storage at no cost to you but if that’s not enough, the company is offering the opportunity to make the following upgrades to your account for a low monthly fee:
- 25GB for $2.49/month
- 100GB for $4.99
- 1TB for $49.99/month
- When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB