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Google Drive Android App Surpasses 5 million downloads

Less than 24 hours after it has been launched, more than five million downloads of Google Drive Android App have been logged by Google Play.

In comparison, Mozilla's Firefox 3 clocked more than eight million active downloads in one day back in 2008 (ed : one might say that Microsoft's patch Tuesday routinely smashes this record but that's a tad different).

The service was launched yesterday by Google and appears to be rolling out gradually worldwide which means that the number would have been significantly higher had the initial launched been global.

The application has already received more than 35,000 reviews at the time of writing and averages four stars out of five. It requires Android 2.1 or above to install and is currently available as version 1.0.77.

Google Drive only offers 5GB compared to Microsoft Skydrive's 7GB and is on par with other players on the market (Box, Amazon) and higher than Dropbox's 2GB. Upgrading to 25GB will cost you nearly $30 a year, more than twice what it was only a few days ago.

Google also upped the amount of storage for Gmail to 10GB and scrapped the 1GB allowance for Google Docs (which has essentially been merged with Google Drive and increased to 5GB).

Source : Google (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.