Google is reportedly planning to start offering next year a service that will allow users to easily store files of all types on a remote hard drive. At this point the focus is primarily on integrating with Microsoft Windows, but Google has recently been working hard to allow smartphone users to access its services.
Details are somewhat sketchy at this point, but the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the service — which will possibly be called GDrive or My Stuff — will offer some storage for free, but charge for a larger amount of capacity. What these amounts will be, and what the cost will be, is not yet known.
Apparently, the plan is to allow users to access their files either through a web site or through a virtual hard drive on their PC. It’s likely that the will be a version of this site for mobile devices, and there might be enhanced functionality for smartphones running the Android OS.
This service has not yet been announced, and the WSJ cites "people familiar with the matter" as its sources. A Google spokesperson would only say that "storage is an important component of making Web [applications] fit easily into consumers’ and business users’ lives."
According to this report, GDrive could debut in the next few months.