Much like the Fountain of Youth (a legendary spring that reputedly restores the youth of anyone who swims in its waters) the cloud-based Google drive or GDrive has been the stuff of tech lore for the better part of the past ten years. In fact, Garett Rodgers from ZDNet wrote way back in early 2006 that:
“The GDrive service will provide anyone (who trusts Google with their data) a universally accessible network share that spans across computers, operating systems and even devices. Users will no longer require third party applications to emulate this behaviour by abusing Gmail storage.
In a Windows environment, most users know how to use the typical C: in “My Computer”. Network drives work exactly the same but are given a different letter and the files within are not stored on the computer. If my suspicions are correct and GDrive is simply a network share, most applications could take advantage of this service without modification.”
Since then no mythical GDrive has emerged from Google (although a few other interesting things have been launched) but now five-and-a-half years later more than a few journalists are reporting that Google may finally launch the fabled drive in the sky following the trail blazed by pioneers such as Dropbox. To be fair, since the beginning of 2010 Google largely converted Google Docs to be a relatively anemic version of the GDrive concept albeit without the multi-device synchronization capability.
No timeline has been given for the new release of the GDrive but you can expect that it will be relatively soon. Google has been using this capability internally for some time now and with the imminent release of Ice Cream Sandwich for Android (as well as Microsoft’s recent HTML5 overhaul of SkyDrive), you should expect to see the heavens open for your files.
- Google believed to be launching Gdrive soon (9to5google.com)
- As SkyDrive gears up, is Google’s “GDrive” making a comeback? (liveside.net)
- Google May Be On The Verge Of Resurrecting “GDrive” (techcrunch.com)
- Yes, Google Drive Is Coming. For Real This Time. (techcrunch.com)
- Google Drive could finally be ready for launch, may just be rebranded Docs (engadget.com)