Google Drive to offer 5GB of free cloud storage space: leaked screenshot

by: Mike AndriciMarch 31, 2012

As portable hard-drives slowly become (to a certain extent) obsolete, an increasing number of people want to be able to remotely access data from any device with an internet connection. This is exactly what cloud storage aims to provide. Be it a movie, a word document, or a zip archive, cloud storage services enable you to access information you’ve previously uploaded from virtually every Internet-enabled corner of the world (odd, since the Earth is round).

The potential of development is huge, so every major web company is trying to grab a piece of the cloud storage pie, from Microsoft (SkyDrive) to Apple (iCloud). According to a couple of rumors fueled by leaked screenshots, Google is planning to soon release their own cloud storage service, dubbed Google Drive.

The original rumor surfaced at GigaOM and claimed that Google Drive will become available in early April and will be limited to 1GB of data. At that point, many claimed that 1GB is too little storage space compared to the average 30GB offered by players in the (paid) cloud-based storage market, such as Dropbox, Box, and SugarSync.

A few days later, a screenshot of the desktop client for Google Drive was leaked, pointing towards a maximum 2GB of space offered for free. Fast forward another few days, and I am now here to report about a leaked screenshot of the Google Drive web-service, one the claims Google Drive will feature 5GB of free storage space. Most likely, you’ll be able to buy more storage space, but the tariffs are obviously unknown at this point.

Google Drive

As the latest screenshot shows that Google Drive will include a document editor, there are some that think Google Drive might be launched as an extension to Google Docs, the cloud-based document editing service currently offered by the search giant. Others believe Google Drive will actually be integrated with Google + and that it will also include a photo and video editor (both features that Google currently offers in some of their services).If Google Drive turns out to be real (and I’m willing to bet it will), it’s highly probable that we won’t get an iOS app anytime soon as Google will probably want to use the service as an Android-only feature.

What’s your take on Google Drive? Are the rumored 5GB of free storage space enough for your current needs? Will you be willing to buy more if the price is right? Let us know in the comment section below!

  • Justforrubbishonly

    5GB is seem a minimal now. At least 10GB>20GB maybe consider average user.

  • GeneralPance

    So 5GB of storage that’s slow to access will replace a portable 2TB USB3 drive? Yeah, that makes sense.

  • agreed! 5gb would not last someone who is taking advantage of the technological state we have now

  • Larry

    5gb is a great starting point. And I would be willing to purchase more space if the price was right. I already buy more Google Docs space, and the price is great. Sooooo looking forward to Google Drive.

  • Tat2jr

    5GB just doesn’t cut it anymore since Adrive and Box are giving you 50GB and minus starts out at 25GB. At this point I have over 13GB on dropbox. 5? eh.

  • Tempest1523

    I hear all this talk of 5GB, and it is just plain silly. You have always been able to buy additional storage space, much more economically than with Dropbox or equivalent. I currently have 207GB of storage space on with Google which I pay I think $50 a year. I use about %50 of it so far.

    A means to access it in a dropbox style interface with syncing would be amazing.

    • acey_zero


      I am actually already using a program called syncdocs which uses the Google Docs API and actually works quite well to keep large amounts of files in sync with google docs on multiple computers. I keep all my music, photos, etc in sync with this.

      But of course I would be more than happy for Google to release an official Google Drive product, especially if it can integrate with their other products like Picasa and Google Music.

  • Djtoonz

    not enough space. They know this and they know you will want more…but to constantly pay for these types of services is how they are making America broke and causing all these problems for America’s economy. Give us a reasonable price! If it’s really $50 a year, that’s not horrible for over 207GB of space, but any more than that would be rough.

    • Djtoonz hater

      Really? What a ridiculous comment… Paying Google wouldn’t hurt America’s economy. They are an American company. No one is going broke paying for online storage.

  • Scott Kaufmann

    All you whining over 5GB not being enough read the headline again… “5GB of free cloud storage space” free free free. You all miss that? free free free, just in case you did. Now ask yourself, how much does Dropbox give for free? I’ll save you time and tell you… 2GB.

    100GB from dropbox… $199/year
    100GB from Google… well they don’t have 100GB plan but 200GB is only $50/year

    Once you go beyond free dropbox forget sharing folders. The second you share a folder with files larger than 2GB the free user suddenly runs out of free space and they have to start paying… lame. Oh and if you want Dropbox Team… plan on dropping $795/year (starting at).