Google Drive reportedly due next week, with 5GB free storage

Reports of an imminent Google Drive launch are continuing to circulate.

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Reports of an imminent Google Drive launch are continuing to circulate.

The Next Web claims that the online storage service will finally arrive next week.

Google Drive will include 5 GB of free storage, the site reports, citing "a draft release from a partner" of the service.

Files will be accessible through any web browser, of course, but Google Drive will also reportedly work within local file browsers on a Windows PC or Mac, in a manner similar to Dropbox's desktop client.

Earlier, we heard that Google Drive would only include 1 GB free, but a more generous amount of free storage seems likely given how much space the competition offers. Dropbox provides 2 GB free, and Box offers 5 GB. Microsoft's SkyDrive provides 25 GB, with 5 GB available for syncing to a local file folder in Windows.

Rumours of a Web-based storage service from Google have been circulating since 2006, and claims of an upcoming launch have proven false before.

But given the amount of new leaked information lately--including a splash page screenshot and an integration menu from a partner--the mythical GDrive has a solid chance of becoming real very soon.