Reports from the Google blog say “Just like the Loch Ness Monster, you may have heard the rumors about Google Drive. It turns out, one of the two actually does exist.” Well, my Google Drive ‘isn’t ready’ yet, so I’m more inclined to believe that there’s a prehistoric monster hiding out in Scotland, rather than a cloud storage service that will revolutionise the way I work any more than DropBox already has done.
So, starting with Google; what do they have to say about their cloud?
Like the rest of their products, they want to help you seamlessly blend everything in your Internet experience. So files you upload to the Drive will be automatically available to post on your Google+ profile. And it will also make for easier integration with Google Docs, allowing you to open files for programs you may not even have on your computer (Photoshop, for example.)
And here’s what the tech community think:
Wired questions if there is really space for another cloud in our sky; since when is an abundance of clouds a good thing? The quite rightly point out that Google already has a few cloud services of their own, Play for example, so why add to the confusion? Their verdict: The Cloud for Google Loyalists.
CNet draw attention to the rather worrying terms of service, while files in your DropBox remain your property, Google claim the rights to anything you place in the Drive. Yes, you read that correctly.
“Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works… “
Mashable offers a very practical comparison guide to help guide you through the many options which are no available to you cloud wise. Their conclusion is that users already deeply involved with Google Docs can only stand to gain from the new Google service.
And finally, Engadget offers up an in-depth review of the service, covering everything from interface to apps. They’re not overly thrilled with the service:
“As Google mentioned in its introductory blog post, this is just the beginning. And for the company’s sake, we hope it is.”
They conclude that the service is little more than an expansion of Google Docs, which is great, if you’re a fan of Google Docs. Otherwise, there are plenty of other more established and functional cloud based storage services available. Looks like Google has attempted to reinvent the wheel for what could be a very short Drive… ha ha ha. No? ok.