Google Drive app leaks ahead of cloud climax

The Google Drive evidence continues to mount, with new evidence of the local app ready to install from Google and simply awaiting on the service itself to wake up and start offering 5GB of cloud storage. After talk yesterday that Google Drive would launch in a week's time, TechCrunch was pointed in the direction of the OS X desktop app itself, complete with native support for Google's own filetypes from Google Docs and Gdraw.

While the app – version 1.0.2891 to be precise – was downloaded directly from Google, and installed on OS X with no issues, it's not yet functional. After logging in with regular Google credentials, it flashes up an error message that "Google Drive is not yet enabled for your account."

Still, that's not expected to be the case for long. When Google hits the switch at its server farm and opens up the service for public access, cloud rivals like Dropbox and Box are going to get an unpleasant surprise.

What remains to be seen is exactly how much space Google offers, and how much it charges for extra capacity. 5GB is believed to be the "free" amount, though pricing for any more on top of that is unconfirmed.