According to rumor, Google will be launching its answer to Dropbox within the next few weeks, and the new service could have a lot more to offer than a higher storage limit. Unlike stand-alone cloud storage solutions, Google Drive will almost certainly get plugged into Google’s existing ecosystem — a major selling point against more established competition. The company’s portfolio of webapps and their mobile/computer platforms all stand to benefit from having access to a central repository for user data.Here are a few of the possibilities of what Drive could mean for Google’s top products and services.Google DocsFolding Drive into Google’s online document suite is a no-brainer — users would retain all the collaboration and sharing tools available in Docs, but get easy access to their documents through Microsoft Office and other full-featured applications, even when offline. It wouldn’t be the first time Google has attempted to resolve the online-only limitation of Docs, but Drive might make for a cleaner, more robust method than the Office Cloud Connector or the Chrome-only, view-only Offline Google Docs. References to Google Drive have already been discovered in the Google Docs developer tools, so it’s likely this will be one of the first uses of the new service.GmailWhy does email need cloud storage? Attachments. Currently, you can find attached files in Gmail by using the advanced search “has attachment” option — an effective solution, but a bit cumbersome. With a “connect to Gmail” option, Google Drive could automatically pull out those old attachments into a dedicated folder, giving users access to them without having to manually hunt down and redownload them.Google could also use Drive to revolutionize the way Gmail attachments are handled in the first place. Ask any IT support professional and they’ll tell you that attachments can be a big headache. File size restrictions often cause email servers to reject messages or strip large attachments, and even small ones take up a lot of space if the email is sent to multiple recipients. Cloud storage fans have long had a way around those issues: toss the file into Dropbox, copy the private share link, and paste that into the body of a message. With Drive, Google could automate that entire process without losing the “attachment” metaphor. When Gmail users add an attachment, Google could simply place the file into a special Drive folder, then add a link to it in the body of the email. The message would be less likely to get hung up by server restrictions, and the file could go to dozens of addresses while being stored in only one place.Google Play MusicUnlike the other sections of Google’s online media store, the music section includes a simple download option, which lets customers get their tracks and albums out of their digital locker. Once downloaded, there would be nothing to stop users from backing up that content to their Google Drive, so it seems logical that the service might just do it for them at the time of purchase. Assuming that Google Drive keeps the files up to date across multiple devices, that kind of integration could negate the need for the somewhat-clumsy Music Manager application Google Play currently uses.Android and Chrome OSGoogle’s made a few attempts to connect their desktop and mobile products, most notably the “Chrome to Phone” extension that sends web pages, directions, and other content to a linked handset. Google Drive could be another bridge between those two platforms, especially if the company includes a “send to” option on the desktop side. In much the same way apps can be purchased from the Android web store and sent immediately to an Android phone or tablet, Google Drive could let users push files to their mobile devices.Drive is also a natural fit for Google’s Chrome OS laptops, which ship with a mere 16GB of local storage. Drive will almost certainly have a web interface that Chromebooks could connect to, but hopefully Google will reach beyond that. With a new, more desktop-like interface rolling out for the OS, it might be possible for the company to create a Drive sync plugin that works more like Dropbox, and doesn’t require manual uploading and downloading.Final ThoughtsIntegration with the existing Google products is almost certainly a priority for Google Drive, but the question is how that integration will work with the 5GB storage limit (or 2GB, depending on which leaked screenshot proves accurate). Ideally, Drive would simply act as an alternative way to access your data in Google’s other services, so all your existing documents/attachments/music wouldn’t count against the cap. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how one of the most cloud-focused companies around folds such a basic cloud service into what they do.
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