New URL points to GDrive Beta

A new URL on the drive.google.com subdomain is another sign that Google’s rumored GDrive cloud storage is coming soon. Available at beta.drive.google.com, it redirects to the Google Accounts login website. Upon providing my credentials, the page was stuck in an endless redirect loop. Something clearly is cooking in Google’s kitchen, though the product is not ready for prime time. Google Drive, or GDrive, leaked many times in past months, revealing its logo and interface. Judging by Google Docs code hooks, GDrive is likely to become at least an integral part of Google’s cloud-based productivity suite if not a full-blown cloud storage service shared across all Google services.

While it is already possible to buy more storage from Google, it is shared only across Gmail, Google Docs, and Picasa Web Albums. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Google would launch Google Drive “in the coming weeks or months.” The idea of a unified Google storage for consumers’ dates back to 2007, and later leaks suggested the product is anything but vaporware. With Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service now being revamped, GDrive is likely around the corner.

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