In a move to curb the piracy that has long plagued Google Drive and Google Drive++ on Google’s own servers, the company today announced it will soon make it easier for developers to download these popular file-sharing apps for free on the Google Play store.
This means users will be able to download any of the apps for offline use and offline sharing.
Google has previously rolled out a similar program in the past for its own Android apps, which means users of these popular cloud storage services could be able download apps that they’d previously only been able to access on Google Play.
But with Google now rolling out a free version of Google Drive to Android users, users will now be able install the Google Drive Plus or Google Drive for Android apps on their Android device for free.
Users will be required to have a Google Account to access the Google drive for offline access, but this is a simple process that requires no extra software installation.
The process is similar to what other developers are doing, and will work for any device that runs Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.
The new program, which goes live today, is the latest in a series of initiatives that Google has made to reduce piracy on its own servers.
Google last month announced plans to introduce a “zero-rated” service for developers that lets them download apps from the Play Store without paying any fees, as long as their app is compatible with the Android operating system.