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Google Drive Officially Launched – 5GB Free Storage, Google Docs Integration

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I’m sure you’ve been hearing a lot about the anticipated Google Drive launch, it was rumoured that the cloud storage service would be launched today, and indeed it has.

And as expected, the new Google Drive will give users 5GB of online storage which can be used for all your documents, videos, photos, PDFs and various other files you might want to securely store online.

Any one that is a frequent user of Google Docs will also be pleased to know that it has been built-in to Google Drive, and as usual will allow you to collaborate in real time with friends and colleagues.

As mentioned, all users will be given 5GB for free, although should you require more storage space, this is an option available to you at a price. If you need the extra storage, you can upgrade to 25GB of space for $2.49 a month. Or, if you need even more storage, 100GB is available for $4.99 a month, right up to 1TB of storage for $49.99 a month.

Google have assured users that data they upload will be securely stored and replicated across various data centres, thus ensuring that your data should always be available for you to access anywhere in the world.

While on the subject of accessing your data anywhere, Google also announced Drive for Android which will allow you to automatically sync your files to your Android device, as well as upload a new data you may have to the ‘cloud’. The Android app also has some useful features built-in including the ability to take a picture of a document and then have it automatically converted to searchable text using OCR technology. Don’t worry, if you have an iOS device, Google have also announced that a Drive app will be available soon as well.

If you want a bit more info about Google Drive, make sure you check out the video below which gives a nice summary of the new service.

I’m off to give it a go now, if you’re doing the same let us know what you think by leaving a comment below or via our @Gadget_Helpline Twitter page or Official Facebook group.