Long rumored and finally here, Google Drive has been launched.
Most of us can use Google Drive right now. There’s a Google Drive app in the Google Play store (which is been rather busy today, they also launched their own Galaxy Nexus). Apps are also available for Windows and Mac operating systems. In app for iOS will be on its way within a few weeks, according to Google.
So what exactly is Google Drive? It’s an online, on a cloud, storage solution from Google. Google describes it as a way to “store all your files in one place, so you can access them from anywhere and share them with others. They suggest it be used to store and share photos, documents, videos and other files.
So far the Google Drive app has been downloaded over 34,000 times and been rated 4.1 out of 5 stars by reviewers.
Looking at reviewers that gave Google Drive a 1 star (lowest) rating, many appear to be complaining about three main things. One is that some are getting a message that Drive is not ready. Others are complaining about the amount of free storage (more on that in a moment). And others are complaining about something that may be far more serious – the Terms of Service that must be agreed to when using Google Drive.
Specifically, some reviewers are quoting parts of the Terms of Service that say “When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works.”
Basically would indicate that Google owns the content that users upload.
That doesn’t seem right and we are investigating this issue further. We have sent a note to Google concerning the Terms of Service and will let you know how they reply.
As for 5 star (highest) ratings – reviewers say they like the navigation, ease of use, the amount of free storage (yeh – some were complaining about it as well), and the ‘offline feature.’
Some 5 star reviewers just seem to be thrilled that it’s available – “5stars even before I try this…” wrote one.
OK, let’s break down some pricing and storage details here: Google Drive allows for 5 GB of free storage, and up to 25 GB for $2.49 per month. DropBox, a major competitor for online storage, allows up to 2GB storage for free, then up to 20 GB for $9.99 per month. Another competitor is SkyDrive. SkyDrive allows up to 7 GB for free, then charges $10 per year for up to 20 GB. Each of these services offer bigger storage options for larger users.
While SkyDrive has the cheaper rates – cheap isn’t everything. Many storage shoppers will be likely to go with Google Drive just for the convenience if they already use other Google services. And for shoppers who prefer paying monthly, Google’s $2.49 per month is certainly more appealing than DropBox’s $9.99 per month.
Online storage is growing into a huge industry and there’s going to be quite a bit of competition and changes to the offerings above. We will keep an eye on it and report back here at NFS.