September 28, 2011, 11:53 AM —
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Long rumored, the "Gdrive" may be here soon. Google, already giving 7.63+GBs to all Gmail users, supposedly will soon offer a cloud storage service, based on what TechCrunch reported in the source code for Chromium, the open-source browser behind Chrome.
Few readers should be surprised, since Google has been giving cloud storage access to multiple devices in Gmail and Google Docs for years. But fans of Dropbox and other cloud storage vendors may be tempted to switch. This will no doubt give rise to more accusations of monopoly against Google.
Since Google is pushing the web-book boundaries with Chromebook, cloud storage must be available to share files from Chromebook to other devices. And as more smartphones appear, cloud storage will be welcome on those platforms. Our guess? GDrive or Gdrive or Google Drive appears this holiday season, to spur sales of Android smartphones and Chromebooks.
We could see much better syncing for Android devices for one. It would be nice if you could have the same kind of syncing that Chrome has when you log-in with your Google account, but for Android. So you could sync everything from SMS messages, photos, videos, documents, and even apps. When you buy a new Android phone, you would just login with the Gmail account, and everything would be there.
nextparadigms on news.ycombinator.com
EXCITED. I like the idea of being able to use just one account to get my email, social networking, docs, pictures, youtube, and now other files as well. Sounds very nice.
Brian Hanson on techcrunch.com
When I was in YC (same batch as Dropbox) this was a constant question. "What happens to Dropbox if Gdrive launches?" I don't actually remember what Drew and Arash thought, but a lot of people speculated on it. It was probably a real threat to them 4.5 years ago. I can't imagine it is now. Dropbox has a large, happy fanbase that's going to keep using it and keep spreading. They're going to keep growing.
mattmaroon on news.ycombinator.com
Dropbox is great but just like everything other business in the world, Google must have a hand in it. I hope Dropbox can survive and still be a competitor in the cloud services market.
Ajay Kumar on searchenginejournal.com
Do you trust Google with more of your personal information and files? Are you paying now for cloud file storage? If so, will you go to Google if it's free?