The sharp eyes over at the Google Operating System blog noticed
that Google quietly changed some wording in Google Docs from "PDFs" to
"files." While small, this could signal that Google Docs may soon
support the viewing and editing of other file types, and possibly
double as an online storage service--like the fabled GDrive.
Google has long-allowed users to upload PDFs to Docs. These could be
viewed in Google's online viewer, but not edited. However, the service
would not allow other items such as photos and videos to be imported,
despite Google offering other products like Picasa and YouTube that would accept these files.
Google began an overhaul of its Docs service late last week,
and noted that it was putting in some small changes ahead of a much
larger release which was just around the corner. Some of these changes
included the addition of special search modifiers that would let users
more easily hone searches for their files. Many of these came from
Google's search engine and Gmail.
If, in fact, Google Docs allows users to upload other file types for
viewing and re-downloading from other locations, it's still a long way
from the promise of an integrated, cloud-based storage system. All
signs of a GDrive from Google have pointed toward a software component
that will allow users to access their Google storage as if it were a
local hard disk. Google is also expected to release the service in
advance of its Chrome OS, which will make heavy use of files that are
stored in the cloud.