‘S-Cloud’ and Google Drive to enter storage market by next week
23rd April 2012
Google and Samsung will both join the cloud storage market inside the next 10 days, if rumours circulating within the US are correct. Google’s Dropbox-style cloud storage ‘Drive’ have been the centre of speculation for your time and is anticipated to launch this week, while industry insiders also are claiming Samsung could launch a rival to Apple’s iCloud on 3rd May.
While Google Drive was less of a trade secret, with rumours in regards to the search giants’ shift into cloud storage having been prominent within the tech media for several weeks, Samsung’s new cloud locker comes as more of a surprise.
Dubbed ‘S-Drive’ (although not officially confirmed), the storage platform is anticipated to be launched alongside the Korean hardware provider’s new smartphone, the Galaxy S3, next Thursday.
And the device can be seen as an immediate competitor with Apple’s iPhone / iCloud set-up , which have been a key feature in their success within the smartphone market but, in step with recent IDC figures, has also come under increasing pressure from Samsung in Q1 of 2012:
In step with The Verge, S-Cloud is “similar to iCloud but with none limitations at the sort of content you are able to upload.
“It is likewise expected to ship with access to popular TV shows, movies, and music with free and paid content which will be available across a variety of Samsung devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Storage is rumored to be “greater than 5GB,” but it isn’t clear whether that’s all the way down to paid offerings.”
The tech news site also claims Samsung will partner with Microsoft to deliver the infrastructure able to storing content for the millions of Samsung device users’ prone to soak up use of S-Cloud.
Google Drive, meanwhile, is anticipated to be launched within the US tomorrow, although no official confirmation of this have been made.
CNet has provided one of the most concrete evidence of Google Drive’s existence to this point, publishing a youtube video on Saturday by Android Developers Hangout on Google Plus, where employees are found accidentally revealing Google Drive on their Smartphone.
Google was quick to take away the video from youtube, but not before the world’s tech press had feasted eyes on it and the rumour mill were cranked up even further.
Like Samsung’s S-Cloud, Google Drive will offer users 5GB of free storage and should be compatible to Android mobile users, in addition to syncing with Windows and Mac computer devices.
Watch this space within the coming fortnight for news at the launch of both storage platforms.