Google Drive vs iCloud


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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
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iCloud
iCloud is cloud service done right. It stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more. And wirelessly pushes them to all your devices.
Comparing Google Drive vs iCloud 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.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Google Drive has more user-friendly interface than iCloud 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 Drive is more popular than iCloud

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 Drive gets a new Backup & Sync desktop app (in 2017)
- Google updated Drive with a focus on its business users (in 2017)
- 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 launched Drive for Work with unlimited storage (in 2014)
- Apple iCloud to get folders with files, Windows app (in 2014)
- Google Drive gets a Big price drop (in 2014)
- Google Drive adds activity feeds (in 2014)

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

2013 - Apple launches iWork for iCloud to catch up with Google Drive


Historically Apple doesn't like to build business applications, but Office - is still an important part of the platform and competitors (Microsoft and Google) got far ahead in this aspect. So Apple decided to fix, perhaps, the main drawback of its office suite - the absence of online version. In June, at the WWDC conference Apple officially introduced iWork for iCloud and now the online apps Pages, Numbers and Keynote are available to all in the iCloud online accounts (in beta). However, at the moment, these editors can only bring a smile for MS Office and Google Docs users. For example, the text editor Pages even doesn't allow to add tables and spell check works only in English. There are no collaboration tools. But the good news is that you can upload and edit MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents (and formatting sometimes isn't corrupted) and download documents in MS Office formats and PDF.