What will it take for Google Drive to become the new Dropbox?

dblacharski

Google Drive is one of those things that has been been talked about for what seems like forever. Apparently it is finally about to become a reality. At this point, though, we already have Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Amazon Cloud Drive. What's it going to take to make Google Drive succeed (or fail) in this already somewhat crowded environvment?

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dthomas
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I think Google Drive has a HUGE advantage over Dropbox - it's a Google product.  I know there are those who don't care for the unification of data streams by Google, and they make some valid points vis a vis privacy.  Even so, there are so many Google products that can been potentially seamlessly integrated into Google Drive, such as photos in Picasa, music on Google Music, messages in Gmail, documents in Google Docs, videos on Google+.  If Google can create an easy method of getting all of that data into Drive, and they provide 5GB of free storage as rumored, which is more than twice what Dropbox gives you for free, and match or undercut the cost of additional storage, than I personally don't see any reason to choose Dropbox over Google.  Well, except for those privacy concerns I noted earlier.   

jimlynch
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Google has a habit of coming out with copycat type products, and then later blowing them off. I don't know if this will make it or not, but they have their work cut out for them. There are plenty of other alternatives, so I doubt they will suddenly become the market leader.

Also, I do not trust Google. So I would not use their service even if it was much cheaper (or free) compared to others. They have become "evil" and anybody concerned about their privacy would likely do well to look elsewhere.

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