GDrive + Google Chrome = <3?
Written By: ChromeMan
The oft-rumored Google Web Drive feature has been popping up in the news lately, thanks to a slip-up in the Mac version of Picasa that was just released. Could a GDrive be in the not-so-distant future? And how will it play with Chrome?
A screenshot taken by a MacRumors forum goer revealed an option to move a photo collection in Picasa to the user’s “Google Web Drive”. Take a look for yourself:
Now, I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I’d say the odds were very strong in favor of a Google Web Drive release sometime in the future. Google has been selling online drive space for a while to supplement users’ Gmail and public Picasa photo albums respective capacities. So I’m not exactly going out on a limb in saying that its coming. For more proof, read over Blogoscoped‘s research done on cached GDrive training documents. It contains plenty of juicy future-nuggets, but here are a few cherry picked pieces:
Will the new GDrive client work if I’m not on the corp network?
Not yet, but soon. We really want to offer this for google.com users and GMail users, but we still have a bit more work to do to set this up.
Viewing your files on the web in Google Docs
You can view all your files online in a special version of Google Docs by visiting: w.svc-1.google.com OR http://w.svc-1.google.com/a/google.com for dasher login (e.g. your @google.com address)
So it seems a client and web interface are likely.
But enough about GDrive specific speculation, What does this mean for Google Chrome?
Well, one would have to assume the Google programs would speak with each other. Maybe not initially, but eventually it just makes sense. Here are some ideas:
- Perhaps a single storage space in the cloud for bookmarks, history, and saved form data
It would be nice to make changes to my bookmarks from work, and have it automatically updated when I opened Chrome at home. Sure this functionality is available now through a little hackery, but a fully integrated solution would be just peachy. Google’s offered saved web history before, but had to be tracked using the Google Toolbar. Same goes for saved forms.
- File -> Save As -> File on Google Web Drive
Instead of bookmarking a page, just save the whole thing. Again, something that has been possible before, but not really in a simplified way.
- An option to save downloaded files into a folder on the Web Drive
Ok, this one is kind of a no brainer. Right click on the file -> Saved linked file on Web Drive
What do you think? Can you see any other integrations between the GDrive and Google Chrome?