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					Google's mythical cloud
storage platform is now official... sort
of. You can access your Google Drive on
any web browser right through your
Google account (the same one you'd
use for Gmail, Google+ or Google Docs).
There you will have control over who
you can share files with.Google will
also offer an Android app starting today
which will let you access your Drive
files on a phone and upload files to the
Drive. It is working on iPhone and iPad
apps, which should be out soon, said
Johnston."We want to make sure your
files are available wherever you are.
And beyond that storage, make sure
you can work with people on those
files," Johnston said.
Update: It's live on the Google Play
store!
Drive can be installed on one's Mac, PC
or Android phone / tablet, while an iOS
version will be "available in the coming
weeks." Of note, Google's making this
accessible to visually impaired
consumers with the use of a screen
reader. As for features? Naturally,
Google's flexing its search muscles in as
many ways as possible; if you scan in a
newspaper clipping, a simple Search All
within Drive will allow results to appear
directly from said clipping. If you
upload a shot of the Eiffel Tower, it'll
show up whenever you search for the
aforesaid icon. Moreover, Drive will
allow folks to open over 30 types of
documents directly from a web
browser, including HD video, Adobe
Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and more
-- "even without the software installed
on your computer." For those
concerned about access, the new
platform will have the same
infrastructure as any other Google Apps
services, giving admins a familiar set of
management tools on that end.
On the topic of storage, just 5GB are
provided gratis, with 25GB costing
$2.49 per month, 100GB running you
$4.99 per month and 1TB demanding
$49.99 per month, with a maximum of
16TB ($799.99 per month, if you're
curious) per user; thankfully, Google
Docs will not be included in your usage
total. Finally, the note played up the
ability to "attach documents directly
into your Drive Gmail," and given that
it's intended to be an open platform,
Goog's promising to work with third
party developers in order to enhance
Drive's functionality even further. The
source link below is still dead as of
right now, but it simply can't be long
before the lights are officially turned
on. Oh, and if you're not enamored at
the moment, the outfit's suggesting
that "many more developments" will be
arriving in the coming weeks.
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