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Google announces Google Drive

Late last month we reported rumours that Google was going to announce a new data storage system called Google Drive in April – and the search engine has not disappointed us.

On April 25 Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president of Chrome and Apps, revealed in a blog post that yes, the rumours were true – Google Drive really is coming.

While Om Malik of technology website GigaOM was correct in predicting the announcement would come in April, he was slightly off when he came to forecasting how much storage space Google was going to offer up for free.

According to his sources, users would only get access to 1GB at no cost, but Mr Pichai's blog post reveals that we are in for a treat – 5GB will be available for absolutely nothing.

That's 3GB more than rival data storage provider Dropbox.

Upgrading won't cost you a fortune, either – 25GB will only cost you US$2.49 per month, 100GB US$4.99 per month and if you have a lot of digital data, 1TB comes at US$49.99 per month.

For those of you who don’t know, 1TB is – to put it simply – enormous.

It will hold approximately 17,000 hours of music, 320,000 high resolution digital photos and an impressive 250 movies, according to Toshiba who sells a 1TB external hard drive.

In typical Google style, one of the great features of Drive is its search capabilities.

Users will be able to access all their fresh content quickly and effortlessly thanks to an effective search system – it will even pick up text in scanned documents using optical character recognition technology.

Google are also working to make it easy for you to transfer documents across all its platforms, such as Google+ and Gmail.

"Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience," writes Mr Pichai.

The only question left is – will Drive live up to all the rumours?

There's only one way to find out.

Posted by Jess O'Connor