Back in February we brought you news that Google was working on their own cloud storage service to compete with services like Dropbox. Subsequent rumors have consistently placed the service’s launch in April, though the initial target date of the first week of April appears to have been off.
Instead, it looks now like the fourth week of April will be the actual release date. According to a report from The Next Web, Google Drive is scheduled to go live next week, probably on Tuesday the 24th. Their source, apparently, is a draft release from one of Google’s partners.
Much like Dropbox, the current king of cloud storage, Google Drive will have its own app for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, as well as a web interface that looks an awful lot like Google Docs. Also, as previous rumors predicted, Google Drive will come with 5GB of storage free (which beats Dropbox’s free plan by 3GB).
Additionally, it looks like TechCrunch has actually managed to get hold of the app itself, which they successfully installed on a Mac, though of course it wouldn’t connect to the service.
You’ll be able to sign up at drive.google.com. Currently the URL returns a 404 error. Assuming The Next Web’s timeline is accurate, though, the site will go live sometime next week, probably Tuesday, when Google officially launches Google Drive.
What do you think? Will you use Google Drive? Could Google tempt you away from Dropbox? Let us know in the comments.