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Google Drive launched, 5GB free, replaces Google Docs

April 24, 2012
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Google Drive is Google’s reply to other well-established cloud storage systems such as Dropbox, Box, etc.

The Google Drive Android app just went live, replacing the Google Docs app. We have almost complete information on it, courtesy of a Google+ user who spotted a leaked memo on Google’s French blog earlier today. The memo, of course, has been pulled since then.

According to the memo, Google Drive brings a host of features including:

  • Document OCR recognition
  • Photo recognition
  • Over 30 types of documents supported including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and HD video. It will be possible to access all these files on a PC even if the corresponding software isn’t installed.
  • Cloud-synced document editing is also an important feature, with a 99.9% up-time guarantee

Google Drive will provide users with 5GB of free storage, with an additional 20GB for $2.49 per month. The release will include apps for Android, Windows, and OS X. iOS compatibility will follow shortly. just went live. Also, the Google Docs website is now called Google Drive.