Google is offering everyone 5 GB of free storage (the same amount as Apple’s iCloud) to kick things off.
“Google Drive lets you create, share, collaborate and keep all your stuff in one place,” says Google. “Upload all your files from your computer - even the big ones - and you can access them anywhere, including your iPhone or iPad. We get you started with 5 GB free.”
“Quickly share a photo with a friend 1000 miles away. Read the most up to date version of your document whether you’re at home, at the office, or on the go,” the app’s description continues.
“Make items available offline so you view them while you’re on a plane. No matter what happens to your devices, even if your iPhone goes for a swim, your files are safely stored in Google Drive.”
The key features, as enumerated by Google, include the ability to access and view your documents, photos and videos anywhere, quickly and easily, or the option to make files available offline so you can access them even when the Internet is out of reach. It also allows sharing files with collaborators on the go.
Users can also sync files across their desktop and all their devices, open files from Drive with other apps installed on the respective hardware, and they can star important files (sort of like bookmarking) to find them later with ease.
Google Drive requires iOS 5.0 or later, and it’s a universal app for both iPhone and iPad.
Google Drive for iPhone and iPad now available on the App store.