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Google Drive, a Dropbox challenger, could launch soon

March 28, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Google's Kirkland, Wash. campus.
Google's Kirkland, Wash. campus. (Ted S. Warren / AP Photo )

The long-rumored Google Drive may finally launch next month, putting the search giant toe to toe with Dropbox, the leader in the cloud storage market. 

The latest rumor concerning Google Drive came from GigaOM, which claims "well placed sources" are saying the cloud storage service "might" launch in early April.

Drive will offer users 1 GB of free storage and charge for additional space, according to the report.

Others in the cloud storage market offer much more than 1 free GB. Dropbox offers 2 GBs, Microsoft's SkyDrive offers 25 free GBs, and Amazon Cloud Drive offers 5 free GBs.

A spokesman for the company said in an email that Google does not comment on rumors or speculation.

The Wall Street Journal first wrote about the rumored Drive in 2006. The Journal conjured up the service again early last month, saying it is close to launching.

But if the slated launch is indeed early April, this could all just be one big April Fools' joke in the making. Google is a known fan of the holiday.

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Original source: Google Drive: Finally coming this April

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