After months of speculations and leaks, Google has officially released Google Drive, a cloud-based storage solution tightly integrated with your Google account. Consumers can get 5GB of free storage to stash anything they want from photos to videos to documents. Google Drive (found at drive.google.com) is meant to compete with similar cloud storage apps like Dropbox, SugarSync, and Microsoft SkyDrive.
With all new Google services, Google Drive is going to be very popular. All files, including videos, photos, PDFs, and Google Docs, dropped into the Drive folder get synchronized to your account. Free accounts get 5GB of space and you can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49 a month. Users can also buy more space starting from $2.49/month for 25GB, $4.99 per month for 100GB or $49.99/month. Google said that it’s making the drive an open platform in order to encourage third-party apps, so you can do things like send faxes, edit videos and create website mockups directly from Drive.