More from GlobalPost: 'Google Drive,' a cloud storage service, launched today (VIDEO)
The change to Google Drive may not be a big surprise for users of Google Docs, the Washington Post reported. "Once you agree to upgrade your account to Drive, you'll notice that not much has changed."
The Post was also disappointed that there was no way to preview non-Google Docs files on the mobile application without first downloading them. For customers with limited mobile data plans, this may prove to be a disincentive to upload large files to the cloud.
Farhad Manjoo, of Slate, said, "To describe this as anti-climactic is to do a disservice to anti-climax. Google says that when you put a file into your Google Drive, it will be available everywhere, including PCs and Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. In other words, it’s just like Dropbox and SkyDrive."
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The Guardian also tipped its hat to the easy-to-use Dropbox service, which it said "deserves credit for showing the others how to do it."
It praised Dropbox's "Excellent integration on Mac and Windows, and excellent apps on the supported mobile platforms."
The result of Google Drive's introduction? Perhaps just an acceleration toward unification of services for people who use mobile web technology. As the cloud storage market becomes dominated by major players in the mobile industry - Microsoft, Apple, and Google - the services will balkanize users based on whichever service they use most, Wired wrote.
Slate imagined a different world in which yet another service was developed to take advantage of the free storage on each service. The result? A massive, free online storage system. "All we need now is a smart programmer to build it. What do you say, engineers?," Manjoo asked.