I’m still sticking with “I’ll believe it when I see it” when it comes to Google’s rumored Gdrive (a.k.a. Platypus) service, but my guess is that it actually is coming sooner rather than later. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is in fact preparing to launch a free service that would allow users to store files with Google that they’d normally store on their computers (word documents, photos, music, etc.). If the WSJ felt confident enough with their unnamed source to report that Gdrive is coming, I’d say there’s a pretty good chance that it is.
The first time we ever wrote about a rumored Google file storage solution was back in March of 2006, so this rumor is by no means new. In fact, since the original rumors started, it has continued to be the subject of many more rumors. People have speculated on what all you’d be able to do, how much storage Google would offer users, and whether or not it was even being designed for the general public. Google has made no official announcements regarding it which is partially why there’s so much hype surrounding it. The other reason for the hype is simply how convenient it would be for people because it eliminates the need for carrying around a USB drive for those who use multiple computers.
As you might expect, not everybody is fond of the idea of Google storing and having access to their files. The WSJ points out some of the issues that Google will face like data privacy, copyright, and simply the cost of having enough storage capacity and staff available to keep the service up and running without hiccups. Privacy will probably be one of the biggest issues because they’ve already been accused of having access to too much information already.
At this point, I don’t think it’s a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” Gdrive will launch. The only other question I’m asking myself then is how much storage will Google be willing to give everybody? They’ve already hit the 5 GB mark with Gmail, so I’d have to think they’d offer at least that, but likely more for a file storage service. How much storage would Google need to offer for you to feel that the service was worth it?