updated 02:07 pm EDT, Thu June 28, 2012
Drive to become Chrome OS filesystem
(Update: iOS app now available) Google's Drive file storage service is officially coming to iOS and Chrome OS, the company announced today at its second Google I/O keynote. Little has been announced about plans for the former, except that an app should launch for all iOS devices sometime today. One feature will be the ability to search through scanned documents, thanks to OCR technology; searching for "pyramid," for instance, should bring up images with the word in them even if the filename is completely unrelated.
In Chrome OS Drive is said to be deeply integrated, essentially the software's filesystem. The technology allows for simultaneous collaboration, and sync across devices, to the point of having live updates for each keystroke. Documents can also be edited offline, and simply resynced when an Internet connection is restored.
Google notes that the Drive SDK has also been updated, and should be available to developers today.
Update: The iOS app has launched at the App Store. It's a free download for devices running iOS 5.0 or later, although a free Drive account limits users to 5GB of storage.