Launching in steady for the net and in beta for Android

Google Drive might be the de facto customary app many Android and Google account customers depend on for cloud storage. With experiences of Google wrongly locking out folks from their accounts and the corporate making most of its cash primarily based on customized adverts, you would possibly wish to think about switching to a extra privacy-minding service, although. That is the place open-source various Proton Drive needs to come back in, the newest service launched by privateness firm Proton, finest recognized for Proton VPN and Proton Mail.


Proton Drive has been accessible in beta since 2020, and it amassed nearly half one million testers in that timeframe, with add quantity going up tenfold within the final quarter. The service is a part of Proton’s suite of apps, which embrace Proton Mail, Proton VPN, and Proton Calendar—in essence, the corporate needs to construct a privacy-centric, open-source various to core Google companies.

Proton is an organization primarily based in Switzerland, which has among the strictest privateness legal guidelines on the earth. All the information you retailer to Proton Drive and different Proton companies is end-to-end-encrypted with cryptographic signatures on all information and folders. The corporate additionally makes its companies open supply, permitting anybody to verify how properly its privateness protections really work.

Along with launching the Proton Drive internet app in steady, the corporate can also be bringing a local app to Android in beta. As polished as the net app already feels immediately, the corporate hasn’t launched a desktop syncing software but. Proton additionally would not supply any built-in enhancing instruments for Workplace paperwork or photographs, so you will see your self importing and downloading information repeatedly. It is doubtless that the corporate has options like this deliberate for the long run, however proper now, you have to to work round some trade-offs to get the privateness advantages of Proton.

Proton Drive and the remainder of Proton’s suite is offered at no cost in a primary model with 1GB of complete storage throughout Mail and Calendar. There are totally different tiers accessible relying in your wants, with a Drive Plus model for $4 a month with 200GB of storage and a $10 Proton Limitless plan with 500GB of storage and extra goodies for the opposite Proton apps. Each of those plans are paid yearly, although you may go for a month-to-month subscription at $5 and $12, respectively, in case you choose.

The steady launch of Drive comes only some months after ProtonMail’s large rebranding to only Proton, bringing all of its companies underneath a single roof. The brand new identify makes clearer that the corporate provides extra than simply an e-mail service, and reveals its ambitions to develop past simply emails.