The wait is over! Google has just announced the launch of Google Drive, the long-awaited service from the Mountain View giant that allows you to access your files anywhere, whether on computers or smartphones.
“Google Drive goes with you anywhere: on the web, at home, in the office and elsewhere. No matter where you are, your stuff is always available. Ready to use and to share ”, describes the product.
In confirmation of the rumors, Google Drive reaches the public offering 5GB of free storage, but it is possible to purchase more space through paid plans, starting with 25GB for $ 2.49 / month, 100GB for $ 4.99 / month or 1TB for $ 49.99 / month ( storage is shared with Gmail).
If you were a Google Docs user, you will notice that the service has several visual similarities with the online document editor, allowing you to work and collaborate as you are used to. There is also a new feature that scans your documents and allows you to find them through the search box.
“Drive can recognize text in scanned documents using its Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. We also use image recognition, so if you drag and drop photos from your trip to Grand Canyon Drive, then you can find them. This technology is still in its early stages, and we hope it will improve over time. ”
In addition, Google designed Drive to be an open platform, allowing developers to expand the possibilities of using the service. You can now download extensions for Chrome that offer faxing, editing videos and creating wireframes.
On desktops, Google Drive is immediately available for Windows and Mac. On Android smartphones and tablets, the Drive app can be downloaded through the Google Play Store. The company is still working on a version for iPhone and iPad.