Android L’s Material Design is not reserved only to the Android operating system or Google’s mobile apps, as the company wants to use the same design principles it formally unveiled at its I/O developers conference this year across the web. Furthermore, the company wants app developers to include the same Material Design elements in their own apps, and Google has so far showed what Material Design apps are supposed to look like. To further showcase Material Design, this time on a functional web page rather than by providing just concept images, Google has updated its Google Drive home pages (for Docs, Sheets and Slides) to Material Design. More →
Cloud storage is more affordable than ever with Google’s latest price cut for Google Drive. Google announced the massive savings on its blog on Thursday, a surreptitious reveal just hours after Amazon jacked up Prime prices. Under the new plans, customers will have access to 15GB of storage for free while rates will be $1.99 per month for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99) and $99.99 for 10TB. Re/code has put those numbers into perspective with comparisons to other cloud storage services: a year of 100GB of storage now costs $23.88 on Google Drive, $50 on Microsoft’s OneDrive and $99 on Dropbox. Head over to your Google storage settings if you want to upgrade your account or check to see your new rate.
Have you ever wanted to send a file attachment in Gmail that’s larger than the 25MB limit? Google (GOOG) has heard your cry and is smartly integrating Google Drive with its Gmail service to allow for attachments up to 10GB, or 400 times the current limit. Attachments are stored in the cloud and recipients “have access to the same, most up-to-date version.” To start attaching 10GB files to your emails, all you need to do is click the Drive icon instead of the usual paperclip icon and choose your file to upload. Google states on its official Gmail Blog that since Drive debuted in April, millions of people have used it to store and share files. Gmail integration with 10GB attachments is just the next logical step for its cloud storage service, and is very welcome for anyone who likes sending big files. More →
Consumers who bought one of Google’s (GOOG) browser-based Chromebook computers may soon be getting 100GB of free cloud storage through Google Drive. A man by the name of François Beaufort recently discovered a piece of code in the Chromium source that states “Get 100 GB free with Google Drive,” according to Chrome Story. Google normally charges $4.99 per month for the 100GB option, so the Mountain View-based company’s generosity will allow Chromebook owners to save almost $60 a year. Unfortunately, it seems as if the offer will only be available for the newly released Chromebook and Chromebox by Samsung (005930), and users who bought one of the first-generation Chromebooks may be left in the dark. More →
Following a series rumors and leaks, Google on Tuesday unveiled a new cloud storage service being billed as the next step in the evolution of Google Docs. Dubbed Google Drive and built to compete directly with Microsoft’s SkyDrive and other similar services, Google’s new cloud storage solution features 5GB of free space and deep Google Docs integration that allows users to collaborate and share all of their documents. The enterprise-focused service can be upgraded to expand the amount of available storage, and packages start at 25GB for $2.49 per month. Microsoft SkyDrive features 25GB of free storage with the option to add 20GB for $10 per year, 50GB for $25 per year or 100GB for $50 per year. Google guarantees 99.9% uptime with its new Google Drive service, and it will launch Windows, Mac and Android Google Drive apps immediately with an iOS app to be made available in the coming weeks. More →
Rumors surrounding Google’s cloud storage service are ramping up as we move closer toward the product’s rumored release date. The service will apparently be called Google Drive and is similar to Dropbox, which allows users to store files on cloud servers and access them from computers and mobile devices. According to a leaked screenshot obtained by TalkAndroid, Google Drive will offer 5GB of free storage instead of the previously rumored 1GB. The image also reaffirms that files can be accessed through computers, mobile phones, tablets and via a web browser, and it will allow users to edit a document in one place that will automatically be updated in all locations. Google Drive is rumored to launch the week of April 16th. More →
Google’s cloud storage service that looks to compete directly with Dropbox may launch during the first week of April, according to a report from GigaOm. Google Drive will apparently allocate 1GB of storage to users for free, and additional options will be available for a fee. Dropbox, the market leader in cloud storage, currently offers 2GB of free storage. It also provides several ways for users to obtain more free space, such as recommending friends to the service. Google’s Dropbox competitor will reportedly feature a domain-specific version for Google Apps customers and it will have an API for third-party apps, allowing users to store content from other apps within Google Drive. Earlier reports indicated that the service will allow users to store photos, videos, documents and other files in the cloud, and will be accessible from computers as well as Android tablets and smartphones. More →
Google is preparing to launch a new cloud storage service that will compete directly with popular start up Dropbox and similar services. The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday evening reported that Google is almost ready to announce the new service, which will be called Google Drive. Similar to Dropbox, which creates a virtual drive containing files that are mirrored on a user’s local hard drive and on cloud servers, Google Drive will allow users to store photos, videos, documents and other files in the cloud, and it will be accessible from computers as well as Android tablets and smartphones. The service will launch in the coming weeks according to the report, and it will be free to most users, though the report does not elaborate on the amount of free storage Google will provide or which customers might be charged. More →