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February 9, 2012
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Google is once again said to be preparing to release a cloud storage service to compete with the likes of Dropbox and Apple's iCloud.
The service, according to the Wall Street Journal, will be called simply Google Drive. It will allow users to store text, image, and video files on Google's servers and to access those files across mobile, tablet, and desktop computers.
Just like competing hosted storage services, users will have access to a certain amount of free storage--unspecified as yet--and will be able to purchase more if additional space is required.
The service will launch in weeks or months, according to the Wall Street Journal.
[ Amazon Web Services is charging less for cloud storage. Read Amazon Drops S3 Storage Pricing. ]
In 2010, Google launched a limited cloud storage service but it wasn't GDrive. The service allows users to upload and store any type of file, but access is tied to Google Apps. Google Apps provides 1 GB of free storage, with additional storage available for $0.25 per GB.
Google also provides free storage space to users of Gmail and Picasa, to say nothing of YouTube.
Separately, the Wall Street Journal reports that Google is also in the process of developing a Google-branded home entertainment system that will provide streaming music. The project is said to be overseen by Google's Android group.
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About the Author(s)
Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.
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