Google Docs vs Google Drive


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Google Docs
Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite, and data storage service. Documents, spreadsheets, presentations can be created with Google Docs, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. Documents can be saved to a user's local computer in a variety of formats. Google Docs serves as a collaborative tool for editing amongst in real time. If you are looking for self-hosted open-source Google Docs alternative, pay attention to ONLYOFFICE.
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Google Drive
Online file storage and syncing service working as a file system for other Google's services. Allows to sync files between all your computers and mobile devices or collaborate on files with your team and partners. Version control, OCR, powerful online viewer. Provides 5 GB free disk space. Google Drive free alternatives are: OneDrive, Box, Dropbox
Comparing Google Docs vs Google Drive is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Google Drive has better video than Google Docs



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Google Drive has more user-friendly interface than Google Docs because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Google Docs is more popular than Google Drive

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Google launches Drive File Stream to replace the Google Drive desktop app for G Suite users (in 2017)
- Google updates Docs with new collaboration features (in 2017)
- Google Drive gets a new Backup & Sync desktop app (in 2017)
- Google updated Drive with a focus on its business users (in 2017)
- Google Docs now let you create custom templates (in 2016)
- G Suite adds some intelligence to Docs (in 2016)
- Google Drive gets intelligent search (in 2016)
- Google Drive adds OpenDocument support, sending files as attachments (in 2014)
- Google Drive for desktop now allows to launch files in preferred applications (in 2014)
- Google Docs for iPhone/iPad now can edit MS Office files (in 2014)

Looks like Google Drive was recently more active than Google Docs (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Google Docs and Google Drive meet head to head:

2010 - GDrive is now officially Google Docs to defeate Google Docs

GDrive
The soap opera about fabled GDrive (Google's online storage service) is finally over. As we expected, Google will not create a separate service. Instead, Google Docs allow now to upload any files and use them for online collaboration. Each account provides 1Gb free of charge. Additional memory can be purchased for $ 0.25/Gb per year. Google Apps users can purchase additional 5GB for $17 per year. Maximum file size is 250 MB. Many file types can be viewed online using Google Viewer (unfortunately, video is not supported). In addition, Google opened the Google Documents List API, which allows third-party applications to synchronize files with Google Docs or use it as an online file storage. There are already 3 useful applications using this API:

- Memeo Connect - desktop client that syncs files across multiple computers using Google Docs
- Syncplicity - allows you to create online backups using Google Docs.
- Manymoon - online project management system that uses Google Docs to store project files