Mar 27th, 2012

We all know Google Drive exists. It’s in the works, at the very least. But Giga OM has allegedly learned, from a close source, that it’s close to being finished. And, more than that, it’s close – close enough to launch in the first week of April. We’re not sure what to make of the claim, but crazier things have happened.

The cloud storage service is said to be bringing users 1GB of free storage, with an option of expanding storage if you pay., DropBox – sort of like that. The difference with Google Drive, however, are the APIs Google’s planning on providing. They will allow other apps to store files in a user’s Google Drive account. Their report also states it will be available for Google Apps customers. No word on how the Android app might work could be given.

While the API support is interesting, it’s not clear if it would be enough to draw people away from their favorite services to which they’re already attached, especially if Google is offering no more than 1GB of storage for free. Of course, this figure could be wrong or it could always increase in the future.

Remember that Gmail’s storage per user has been increasing ever since its beta launch, but that is fundamentally different. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Google bump the free storage to at least 2GB like their competitor DropBox (before free incentives). We won’t know until it happens, though, so we’ll just have to wait a couple more weeks to see if this source isn’t bluffing.