Google to launch online storage service for consumers: source
By Alexei Oreskovic
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is preparing to roll out a service to let consumers store photos and other content online, a source familiar with the matter said, pushing into a market now dominated by the likes of Dropbox and Box.
The service, to be called Google Drive, could be announced as soon as Tuesday and would be offered with both free and premium for-pay versions, the source said.
Google's "cloud storage" offering will incorporate search capabilities and allow users to store pictures, notes and other documents on the Internet and access them from any Web-connected device.
Consumers will get 5 Gigabytes of storage for free with Google Drive, while various versions with incrementally more storage capacity, topping out at about 100 Gibabytes, will be available for monthly fees, the source said.
It was not immediately clear how much Google will charge for the premium versions.
A Google spokeswoman said the company does not comment on rumor or speculation.
The move turns up the competitive heat with high-profile Web startups such as Dropbox, Box and Evernote, as well as with Microsoft Corp and its SkyDrive service.
Some of those services, such as Box, have offered an increasing array of business-oriented features such as online collaboration capabilities. Continued...