Google Drive App Spotted on Developer Phone: Ready for Release?

By Alexandra Burlacu | Apr 21, 2012 01:27 PM EDT

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Could Google's highly anticipated cloud storage service be finally ready for prime time? Google has been keeping its Google Drive app under wraps, but pictures of an app called Drive have recently surfaced. The pictures have been leaked from what seems to be a Google developer-friendly Android phone.

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Previous rumors have indicated that Google's cloud storage service may be ready for launch as early as next week. Should this already be a fully functional app, those rumors might actually turn out to be true. A video streamed by AndroidDevelopers gives us an early look behind the curtain:

Although the video was not streamed in HD and it is rather blurry, the standard Android share to option clearly shows "Drive." Google's cloud storage service is expected to allow users to share pictures, video, documents and more to their Drive, but how exactly will it work or look is still shrouded in mystery for now.

5GB of Free Cloud Storage

Google Drive should be a service similar to Dropbox and other cloud storage options. Though Google hasn't even announced Google Drive, there is no doubt that it's coming. The latest rumors indicate it will launch early next week, and will provide 5GB of free cloud storage, which would be more than what Dropbox and the Amazon Cloud Drive are offering for free.

If Google does indeed launch the service next week, we should be hearing an official announcement from Google very soon. Could this video indicate that the cloud service is ready to go? Multiple developers seem to be already using it. On the other hand, even if this is an actually functional version of Drive, it still doesn't guarantee the service is ready for launch anytime soon. It does mean, however, that Google's Android developers have a version to work on, which adds some more credibility to rumors about an upcoming launch.

(reported by Alexandra Burlacu, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)

 

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