March 28, 2012, 8:59 AM —
It’s tough when rumors are actually vetted, confirmed, and realistic, because then they’re not very exciting rumors. We see that paradox this week in a few different ways, with Google drives, Google Voice partnerships, Windows 8 release candidates, and HTC’s hotly anticipated One X.
The Google Drive is the weirdest thing. Google giving everyone free storage is something that A) Google already does, across a lot of products, and B) everybody has been expecting and waiting on for a long, long time (at least as measured by “web years”). So the really exciting rumor would be how Google is going to actually pitch the Drive, and what secret sauce it has baked in.
But enough mincing about. Onto this week’s seemingly well-considered rumors.
Google Voice expanding to “officially” cover more cell carriers
Details: CNET interviewed Google Voice’s Group Product Manager, Vincent Paquet, and he said the team was “having discussions with other carriers about this.” That would mean getting carriers beyond Sprint to offer number-porting and easy voicemail replacement. You can do both these things with almost any carrier and Voice, but it can be pretty painful in some cases
Likelihood: Well, the talks are confirmed, so the rumor is which carrier would be next. I’d have to go with T-Mobile, given their fondness for Google integration and testing. You might think Verizon, but remember that it’s the carrier most in love with minute-eating voicemail prompts and other nickel-and-dime maneuvers.
Get excited?: If you’re intrigued by Google Voice but think there’s absolutely no way you can switch and give up your established phone number, then, heck yes, get excited.
Google’s free online storage space, Google Drive, coming first week of April
Source: GigaOM, citing “well placed sources familiar with the plans.”
Details: Google gives everyone 1 GB of free storage space, and would charge for more. It comes with a local client, the web interface looks like Docs, it’s available for Apps customers, and it has an API for third-party tie-ins.