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Google Drive Cloud Storage Service to Launch Next Week?

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Google has long been rumored to be readying a Cloud storage service, which would allow users to store their personal files, photos and music on its servers for access over the web.  Now, online reports say the Internet search giant will be launching the service next week under the name Google Drive.

The service will offer 5GB of free space with more available for a price, The Next Web, reports.  The same site reports that the service will be available at drive.google.com, a URL that currently takes you to an error page.

With that, Google might already have a leg up on Dropbox, the most popular consumer cloud and back-up solution with over 25 million users.  Dropbox only offers 2GB of free storage.  It charges $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year for 50GB of storage.  There are no details on what Google will charge for extra storage.

TechCrunch reports that Google is even poised to take on Dropbox on the feature end.  Not only will you be able to access and upload files on the web, Google reportedly would launch companion Mac, Windows and mobile apps.  Those apps would allow you to easily drag and drop files into your storage and make it look as if they were simply on your computer’s file system.

Of course, this is all speculation until Google announces the product.  According to The Next Web, Google will announce the new service in the middle of next week.

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