With the much anticipated and successful launch of Google Drive, Google’s cloud-storage service, we as a Chromebook community have gained an important third option for file storage.
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Next to the 16 GB SSD of local storage which fills up in a heart beat, and the use of SD cards which set you back about $2.00 dollars for a 2 GB card to $30.00 or even $40.00 dollars for up to 32 GB cards, GDrive has finally given Chromebook users a storage option that is cheap and plentiful.
Announced on the Dev channel blog today the news that Google Drive has been integrated into the file manager as a part of Chrome OS. For your non Chrome OS devices Google has downloadable software that will link Drive to the respective file systems, much like we’re used to with Dropbox, allowing for files to sync. With this latest update to the operating system, essentially adding a full hard drive, synced files storage is becoming part of Chrome OS itself. It will be as if you’re back on your old, or other, machine working with regular data storage, only now completely save and backed-up online. The OS is becoming much better in mimicking the more traditional windows experience. And I say that with the Google’s hardware-accelerated Aura UI in the back of my mind.
Or as Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai himself said in an interview with Wired: “With Chromebooks, [Google Drive] is even more powerful…because it just starts working naturally. Your local drive is also Google Drive. This makes it really powerful because you just don’t think about it.”
The best to come with Drive is that it will help enable, or complete rather the move from local computing to working online. Sundar Pichai: “The focus is on applications — powerful applications — that let people live and work in the cloud, create and collaborate. We started by letting people upload files to Google Docs, and GDrive is an evolution of this. It’s a place where you go to create and collaborate and share documents…Users are not just looking for file systems and storage.”