Google Drive spotted during Android Developers’ Hangout (and I was right there!)


We’ve been hearing that Google’s file syncing service, Drive, will be released “next week” for some time now. And although there have been a few proofs shared around regarding it’s existence, such as the robots.txt file and a screenshot of the Mac app, nothing was quite as conclusive as what was spotted yesterday.

As many of you on Google+ might know, every Friday the Android Developer Relations team holds a hangout session to review some apps and games. And during the review of one of the apps, Reto Meier demonstrated its sharing capabilities. What he didn’t realize, though, was that he had just shown the existence of Drive’s Android app. The YouTube video for the Hangout was taken down for a while after The Verge broke the news, but its back up now, without any changes to it. It’s unlisted, so you can’t find it by searching.

I’ve embedded the video below. Skip to about 32:30 to get right to it. Coincidentally, I was part of the Hangout as my own app was one of those that was reviewed (I’m the one with the white headphones). If you’d like to see them review my app, it begins at about a minute mark.

Raveesh Bhalla

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  1. Is this really that big of a deal? Get a social life man

    1. At least I’m getting paid to be here.

      1. LOL. Real talk. 

        Though I’ve never understood it. They’ve already announced it- why go through the effort to take the video down?


        1. They haven’t announced it, it simply an honest mistake and hardly anyone would have realized it in realtime. The video was taken down in a couple of minutes of it being made available, and they hoped maybe that would help control the leak.

          Unfortunately for them, The Verge made a copy of their original YouTube upload, and posted that instead. Once they saw that, they realized they might as well as put the original Hangout video back online.

        2. regarding the Reuters article you linked to after editing, what does it have to do with Drive?

    2. Trolling?  Get a social life, girl.

    3. … Do you not realize what kind of news phandroid reports on? If you don’t want to read up on this material, then don’t come – simple as that.

  2. Hoping for a release in tuesday, then I have enough time to figure it all out

  3. Yeah, because Google haven’t been using this internally for over 5 years.

  4. That guy’s Brit accent is difficult to understand.

    1. Reto is Australian. And YouTube’s caption system strongly agrees with you.

  5. Along as Google include same decent development resources for this Drive it will be a big feature. Application developers will be able to let users backup app data to the Drive, like preferences, database data, etc. Then upgrading phones would be easy. 

    Also imagine if there are web applications that can also access that data as well. So a jogging application could read the same data on your PC or tablet, that was created by your phone. 

    So hopefully this will be more than just another dropbox.

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