According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, Google is preparing to enter another frontier of the Internet.
It is believed that the search giant is in the process of launching a cloud computing service along the lines of Dropbox. This service will enable users to store their data in the cloud and they can then retrieve it at will from any internet connected device.
The service will be called Drive – along the lines of GDrive.
Material that can be stored on this new service will include not only documents, as is the case with GDrive, but also photos and videos. This feature will be especially useful for sharing large files.
Google will offer a certain amount of storage space to users for free, but those wishing to have larger storage space will have to pay for it.
The company is already equipped to store large volumes of data, so the introduction of this service should be the natural next step.
This service is expected to be compatible with Android devices, and may complement Google’s other services such as Google Docs and Google+.
The service may also link to Google Music and help users to share the music they like with their friends.
Dropbox, which is similar in concept to Drive, was launched in 2007 and is doing extremely well. They already have about 50 million users, and provide 2GB of storage for free.
Google has so far refrained from making any official comment about the new service.