Google is reported getting ready to offer its own cloud-based storage service "in the coming weeks or months", that would rival Silicon Valley's cloud-storage provider Dropbox. That's the word, per report from The Wall Street Journal, who claims that according to unnamed sources Google's cloud storage called "Drive."
Google's Drive like Microsoft's SkyDrive would allow people to store photos, documents and videos on Google's servers so that they could be accessible from any Web-connected device and allows them to easily share the files with others, these people said. If a person wants to email a video shot from a smartphone, for instance, he can upload it to the Web through the Drive mobile app and email people a link to the video rather than a bulky file.
Google's service is expected to be added to its suite of online software that it sells to businesses, called Google Apps. That would also make Drive competitive with Box.net, which sells cloud storage to businesses. Drive also would rival Apple's iCloud, which lets people store data online but only can be accessed through Apple devices.
The service will be free for most consumers and businesses. Google will charge a fee to those who want to store a large amount of files, the people familiar with the matter said.
According to WSJ article, Google previously contemplated a cloud-storage service. Five years ago, Google co-founder Larry Page, worked with teams of programmers to develop a service, known internally as "G Drive," to let people store music files and other data online, according to people familiar with the matter. It was set to launch in late 2007 but never did.
A Google spokesman declined to comment.