After years of rumors, Google Drive is finally at store. It has been a long span and to some trace, it was seeming like it was never going to come, but this morning it’s here and you can access it. Drive appears to work very similarly to Dropbox in that it sets up a folder on your PC and then syncs from cloud to PC.
Say bye to Google Docs as Google Drive wraps its own branding to the long trending Google Docs. So all your existing documents are already included in the service. To this end, Google has updated the existing Android Google Docs app to be the Google Drive app, which you can upgrade if you have it installed on your device or install it from the Google Play Store.
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Google Drive is everywhere you are – on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just. there . Ready to go, ready to share. As anticipated, Google is starting everyone off with 5GB of storage at no cost to you but if that’s not enough, the company is offering the opportunity to make the following upgrades to your account for a low monthly fee:
- 25GB for $2.49/month
- 100GB for $4.99
- 1TB for $49.99/month
- When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB
- PC and Mac
- iPhone and iPad(Coming soon)
- Android Devices
Google Drive lets you do more than just store your files. Share files with exactly who you want and edit them together, from any device. Google is offering desktop syncing applications which you can download from the Google Drive start page : drive.google.com/start. Intrestingly, You can’t keep Google+ out of picture in any Google Outings. Google is allowing you to attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, they also advise that you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail soon.
Google Drive – Are you Driving Late?
First question comes when you try to compare with the existing Giant, Dropbox. Over few months, dropbox has grown its popularity and interest amongst users. Google’s new file syncing service, Google Drive is looking pretty great but here i find some of the major differences when it comes to Face-Off’s.
The Desktop Application – Copy THAT?
Open source have grown a vast interest among the youths over the years and this defines the crucial factor of comparison. Yes, Google Drive is not supported on Linux, so what do the Linux Users do? Linux users certainly have no access to Google Drive, but yes, Dropbox covers this lag.
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Did anyone check the UI of both? Bother to spend few mins in testing as it’s worth anyway. The User Interface looks pretty the same. Google always had marked for the simplified UI and here is just opposite benchmark.
It’s also worth noting that Linux users don’t have access to Google Drive, but they will have access to Dropbox. It’s not a huge point of comparison (since it’s pretty much a deal killer for any Linux user), but it’s worth noting anyway.
Powerful Sharing – EDGE Motive
Sharing being the major motive, both apps do pretty well at sharing files. Yes, some slight differences in mechanisms but still Google Drive has a edge over dropbox in collaboration department.Dropbox lets you share files by right-clicking on them in Windows Explorer or the Finder and getting a link to share with your friends. Google Drive forces you to go the webapp.Google Drive, however, Not only allows you share folders, but it also has all of Google Docs’ built-in collaboration features that deserve lot of credits.
Sync me Faster – DropBox Leads
Early today i tested 10MB sync with both programs and the results ( after tweaks ) where interesting. Just like the fact that, ones BitTorrent tweaks help to improve the download, similar way, minor tweak helps to cut down the issue of throttles of Dropbox with regards to upload speed that it sets. Google Drive doesn’t give you these options, which is kind of annoying. Set the customize options and you will see less than 1min and on the other hand Google Drive took near about 2.5mins.
Test Environment : Windows XP SP2, Dual Core, RAM : 1GB , HDD : 250GB, Idea Net- setter
Local SYNC – LAN sync comes to the Party
LAN sync is a Dropbox feature that speeds syncing dramatically when the file exists on your Local Area Network (LAN).What does that mean exactly? Well, when you add a file to your computer’s Dropbox, the file is then synced with Dropbox servers. Dropbox will then initiate the syncing process as soon as it determines a change has been made to the file. All linked computers and shared folders will then download any new version of the file. With LAN syncing, Dropbox will look for the new file on your Local Area Network first, bypassing the need to download the file from Dropbox servers, thus speeding up the syncing process considerably. Google Drive Doesn’t have this feature, probably we have to wait for little longer for this feature( if at all) to arrive.
Backtrack History – Find the Lost Way
Google Drive allows you to see the revision details of Google Document but tears apart for Non-Google documents. Dropbox, on the other hand, will let you restore old versions of a file right from the web interface, which is much more friendly. Dropbox has the distinct advantage of letting you restore files long after you’ve deleted them from your Dropbox, something that Google Drive doesn’t do.
Open Authority - Who Gave them the Rights?
Google Drive’s Policies are pretty clear and given below, do i need to explain more??
On the other hand,spare a moment to read the policies of Dropbox. It will surely bring a fluctuation from sadness from previous image to smiling gestures
The App Application – No Match
Dropbox android app is way to ahead of that compared to Google Drive’s Android App. Yes, Some good features associated with Google Drive’s App for now, but we feel that it would take more time for users to produce a LIKE towards Google Drive than the Loving Domain – Dropbox.