Google appears to be getting closer to the launch of its online storage service: A GeekWire reader says Google Drive has been enabled in his Google Account — as shown in the screenshot above, which has been redacted for the sake of his privacy.

Another tidbit: The image at right (which we’ve enlarged for better visibility, at the expense of resolution) is the favicon that displays in the browser frame when the Google Drive service is loaded — providing what appears to be a sneak peek at the Google Drive logo, similar in style to the rest of Google’s icons.

Among the options shown in the screenshot is a link to “Install Google Drive.”

The timing makes sense: The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Google was preparing to launch the long-rumored service “in the coming weeks or months,” rivaling Dropbox and other cloud storage providers. Google Drive is expected to be free for most consumers and businesses, with a premium option available for extra storage.

A Google spokesperson declined to comment when we asked about this today, citing a policy against addressing rumors and speculation.

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  • Guest

    What advantages does Google Drive give over, say, simply uploading files using the accepted methods of Google Docs and Gmail?

    • Dan

      Not having to manually upload the files is the big one.

      • Guest

        Wait, Google Drive uploads my files automatically? What does the privacy policy say about that?

        • Risket

          Google Drive will provide software for choosing files/folders to keep synched with your cloud drive. Similar to Dropbox or SugarSync.

        • Risket

          Google Drive will provide software for choosing files/folders to keep synched with your cloud drive. Similar to Dropbox or SugarSync.

    • http://about.me/ricfulop Ric Fulop

      lots of synergy with gmail and docs.  what a great product name!

    • http://about.me/ricfulop Ric Fulop

      lots of synergy with gmail and docs.  what a great product name!

    • Don Crowley

      being able to keep files together… just like you do in dropbox. Also where is my file? In gmail, docs? what was it called again? That is a lot of searching! I want this yesterday

  • http://techwhack.com operamaniac

    Here is the logo for you. From Google servers. 

    http://i.imgur.com/7Fp2R.png

    Some nice guy on Google Plus found it a long time back. 

    https://plus.google.com/112336388186547313112/posts/JjnzVnZMQGG 

    • http://twitter.com/averylewis Avery Lewis

      That’s not actually the Google Drive Logo—that’s the logo for “Collections”.

  • Guest

    In other news, the graphic designer who works for The Verge now headed for Google

  • MJ

    what is the difference b/w this and regular google docs? it looks pretty much the same, other than the name change? I would really like easier sharing and to be able to mount it as an external drive on the desktop for OS X.

    • Chris Monteiro

      It is going to integrate into your local file browser in Windows and OS X just like dropbox. I actually just signed up for a service called Insync which basically does the same exact thing.

    • Chris Monteiro

      It is going to integrate into your local file browser in Windows and OS X just like dropbox. I actually just signed up for a service called Insync which basically does the same exact thing.

      • Guest

        So it’s basically Gmail Drive, only with Google’s award-winning support attached to it?

        • Anonymous

          You need a fundamental understanding of how networks operate. Just because you are familiar with Google through Gmail and you perform some mouse clicks doesn’t make it the same thing. 

          • Guest

            How does Google Drive work with respect to networks?

        • http://www.powercutmedia.in/ Arun Kumar

          Wait. you said ‘award winning support’? Where do you get that with Google? On help forums?

      • http://twitter.com/explodingwalrus Carl Draper

        And Linux hopefully 

  • Chris Monteiro

    Also, you can go to http://drive.google.com and see that its a registered subdomain in the system (gives a 404 page response from the server instead of just your browser telling you this page doesnt exist).

    • Anonymous

      Try this link: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ie=UTF-8&ion=1#q=site:drive.google.com&hl=en&prmd=imvns&filter=0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=1303d54fa7290cae&ion=1&biw=1920&bih=963

  • Chris Monteiro

    Also, you can go to http://drive.google.com and see that its a registered subdomain in the system (gives a 404 page response from the server instead of just your browser telling you this page doesnt exist).

  • http://profiles.google.com/shle896 Shane Lear

    Wouldn’t it be easier to just rename Google Docs?  It doesn’t appear to be any big difference between the two services to me, other than it has a little bit more functionality.  

    When Google Docs changed to allowing the upload of any kind of files up to 10 GB, I uploaded my huge music and video collection for safekeeping, but I had to upload my music collection all over again once Google Music Beta came out.  

    It would be nice if music files could be played directly from the interface – the same way video files can be viewed in Docs.

    They just need to settle on a product already.  It’s getting kind of messy and convoluted.  I love Google for it’s simplicity, but with regards to this it’s anything but simple.  

    • Anonymous

      That seems to be the way it is headed. Multiple people have found references to the Google Drive in the HTML source of Google Docs over the past year. I’d say this is probably not a fake, based on the information we already know. We know it will be integrated into Google Docs, or possibly replace the Google Docs brand, and we know the logo is correct, because it is buried in the Chrome OS repository.

  • John

    man i hope Google premieres this properly

  • Paco López

    Is it free?

    • Grrr

       Read the article for God’s sake!

    • Jon

      I dont know.. anyone is this free???

  • Brian

    R U sure that screen shot is legit?

    Why does it say Mail and not Gmail in the  top bar???

  • http://twitter.com/edfalc ed

    While this might be nice if it had automatic backup, and other cool features, for now, I have over 25gb of free storage at Minus: http://min.us/rxMs3zU

  • Artem

    I’m already have Google Drive in my Google Menu

    • Hirenhh

      U change any code or what, how it came?

      • Artem

         It’s just photoshop firebug :)

  • http://mtantow.com/ Martin

    If rumors are true that Google is expected to offer GDrive free to consumers and businesses, charging only for large file uploads, it could make difficult for Dropbox and Box to compete with. http://cloudtimes.org/google-drive-to-take-on-dropbox-and-box-net-in-cloud-storage-space/

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2B7CL4V73PHVZPAB7O7C7JFHY4 Jerald

     What are the advantages of these things ?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_52T6CKJDHR7I6P7LYWGHD6VG5A Mark

    Google + is a pretty cool stuff and the Apps are fun over there

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