GigaOM's Om Malik doesn't seem to be extremely confident in his unnamed sources, as he says Google's online storage service "might" launch next month.
"I say might, just because of Google's history with the Google Drive," Malik writes. Rumours that Google would launch a cloud-based storage service first popped up in 2006, only to resurface (fruitlessly) many times.
According to GigaOM, the GDrive will offer one gigabyte of free online storage, and will charge for more. A local client will be available, along with a web app that resembles Google Docs. Google will reportedly offer the service to Google Apps customers, and will allow third party developers to tie into the service, so users can save and load files directly from GDrive.
Over the years, Google has delved into online storage in other ways. Users can upload any type of file to Google Docs, and can upload photos to Picasa. Gmail also acts as a storage locker of sorts, since all files sent via email are automatically saved online. Today, users can purchase additional storage that is shared across all three products.
In addition, Google offers unlimited storage for photos uploaded to Google+, and up to 20,000 song uploads with Google Music.
Still, Google doesn't currently offer an easy way to shuttle your files back and forth, either from its services to your local machine, or to third party apps. If you are using any of Google's existing storage services, there's no one stop location to manage all your files in bulk.
With GigaOM reporting a launch in the first week of April, we'll soon find out if the latest story is just another false alarm.
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