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Summary:

Could any other cloud storage services get integrated into Google’s Chrome OS or will Google Drive be it? Others could be added if this feature enhancement request is approved and coded.

Chrome OS cloud storage options

Are you interested in seeing Dropbox, SugarSync, SkyDrive or other cloud storage services integrated in the Chrome OS file manager? As a heavy cloud user, I know I am. It appears someone on the Chromium project is too, because eagle-eyed Craig Tumblison, noticed a Chromium feature enhancement was filed to add this type of integration in Chrome OS.

Here’s the full request description, which is an API to allow for extensions to integrate directly in the Chrome OS file manager:

The basic idea is to allow an extension behave as a ‘drive’ in the file manager app in ChromeOS. Currently the file manager has “Downloads” and “Drive” in the left column, and additional USB flash drives and temporary zip archives will appear. The extension will appear here and provide the list of files through the new API.

I’m already using Dropbox and Amazon’s Cloud Drive on the Chromebook Pixel, but it’s not an integrated experience. The Dropbox extension for example, is simply a link to the Dropbox website where I can then download, upload or modify files through the browser page. Sending files to Dropbox isn’t done through the Chrome OS file manager, making for a clunky experience.

If the request is approved and developed, however, the native file manager in Chrome OS would look something like this image found on the OMG!Chrome! enthusiast site.

Chrome OS cloud integration

Will Google’s Chromium team open up the Chrome OS file manager to other competing cloud storage services? From a business standpoint, it could shy away from such a request, but if it wants Chrome OS to be a serious competitor to traditional operating systems, I think it has to allow for this. I’ll be keeping an eye on the request going forward in hopes of an approval.

  1. I hope so

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  2. Jack McCarty Jr. Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Check out Jolidrive for Chrome OS in the mean time. It’s pretty handy!

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  3. This is a really good idea and must be helpful for Chromebook users to have Dropbox integrated with the OS ro view photos and videos with high-resolution as well as share these photos. The recent announcement of Dropbox expansion and integration will come in handy for sorting piles of files in your chromebook. The recent integration of Dropbox with other cloud-based solutions such as GroupDocs has also come as welcome news for such users. Now, they can have default storage provision with Dropbox and perform document management tasks on the files stored in the cloud. For more information on this announcement, click:

    http://groupdocs.com/blog/groupdocs-document-management/archive/2012/08/15/announcing-dropbox-integration-with-groupdocs-apps-suite.html

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  4. I would love to see an open API for integrating other cloud services in the file browser. We at GRAU DATA (www.graudata.com) would recommend to implement an open standard like CMIS. CMIS will be the standard API of the @graudataspace in the future. We would like to get rid of WebDAV or proprietary APIs.

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  5. Andrew Crow Friday, May 24, 2013

    Jolidrive gets you very similar and nearly-as-convenient functionality. http://www.jolicloud.com

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