Screenshot shows Google Drive with 5GB free, April 16 release

By on March 30, 2012, 1:30 PM

A possible screenshot has revealed that Google Drive may debut with 5GB of free storage space. This counters previous reports which have claimed 1GB will come standard. According to Talk Android, sources say Google Drive is still on track with an April 16 release. However, it may be wise to hedge your bets until Google itself announces a release date.

Since Google will be taking on the likes of Dropbox who offers 2GB free, Box with 5GB and Microsoft who gives a whopping 25GB, the new 5GB figure sounds much more reasonable. However, even with 5GB for free, I have to admit some slight disappointment. I'm sure I am not the only person who was secretly hoping that Google would shake up the status quo like they did with Gmail, offering absurd (for the time) amounts of free storage.

"It's free and installs in seconds" and "5G of free space" the purported screenshot reveals. It also claims that drive.google.com will be home base for Google Drive. Currently though, drive.google.com displays a "Not Found Error 404" message. The fact it throws up a 404 at all is interesting, however. This means the subdomain works -- the content itself is merely missing.

In mid-February, the Wall Street Journal reported that an employee claimed Google Drive was just a couple of weeks away. In hindsight, we see that was a somewhat overzealous estimate, but as more and more information surfaces, we are reminded that release is -- if anything -- getting closer.

Also rumored is a Google Docs-like interface and a localized client program, which the screenshot seems to corroborate. The service is also expected to support APIs which may let developers tie Google Drive to other web-basd services, software and mobile apps.

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