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Google Drive

28 Apr

Let’s take a ride with Google Drive.

Drive is basically a revamped version of Google Docs, that is meant to compete with Dropbox and Microsofts SkyDrive(which i currently know nothing about.) Not much has changed in the functionality of the app. I was thinking Google Drive would be more of a centralized location for all your storage. Maybe include all your music files within it.  After seeing that nothing was changed in the way files can be shared I’m glad they did not incorporate Play Music files.

Drive is very useful if you need access to your word or excel files remotely. Your are able to edit the files just like before. Other than that it can be used to back up school documents or even store files of any type. The sharing options are very limited. So despite what people were saying, this is not an app that will replace Dropbox entirely.

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Sharing is limited to three option as you can see in the picture. When a friend asks me for a file on my phone it is really nice to be able to upload to Dropbox and text them a direct download link. So far this functionality is not built into Drive.

Google has announced that the SDK is available for third party developers to access Drive. However, the APIs are current for web only.

Overall there are not many changes other than the name. You get 5GB of free storage with the option to pay for more as usual. Again I don’t see myself using this app more than Dropbox, but to each their own. If you are just looking for some extra free storage to fill up for no good reason, then Gg Drive is perfect for you!

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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Tech

 

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