Google Unifies Its Free And Paid Storage Options, Gives You 15GB To Share Between Drive, Gmail And Google+ Photos, 30GB For Apps Users

Posted: May 14, 2013 in Google, GT
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Until now, you’ve had to track your free storage on
Google products separately. It was just another thing
that Google hadn’t brought together to make it easier
on users. Today, the company announced that you’ll
now have 15GB of free storage to share between
Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. Google Apps customers are getting a bump for Drive and Gmail to
the tune of 30GB. This falls in line with what Google has been pushing
along with its Chromebook laptops — one huge cloud
to manage all of your stuff. The company says that
with this change in approach you’ll no longer be
limited to a 25GB upgrade for Gmail, meaning if you
grab more space for your Google products, it’s shared everywhere. Also, it’s a push for unification and a nice shove for
the “Drive” brand, which now serves as your online
hard drive for everything…not just documents. It’s
easier for consumers to get their heads around
thinking of their email being stored on their “Google
Drive.” Here’s a look at the updated dashboard to check in on
how much space you have left, which should be
rolling out soon: Here’s a look at the existing dashboard, which doesn’t
push the 200GB option like the new one does, and
still lists the 25GB upgrade, which also bumped your
Gmail storage up. Confusing, right? This approach will help Google onboard new Android
users as well, as it’s much easier to grasp one
number that applies to storage, much in the same
way that Apple’s iCloud works. For example, when a
new Chromebook user opens their laptop for the first
time, they’re given free Drive storage, but that approach isn’t complementary to the rest of Google’s
services. The storage will be important to those uploading
photos on Google+ though, which wants you to share
your full-sized images, specifically if you’re a
photographer. It’s easy to run out of space after
sharing a few hundred of those. For Google, this
makes upselling storage much easier, especially if someone is heavy on uploading photos and not so
much filling up their allotted email storage. The sweet spot for Google would be to get as many
users to invest in $9.99 for 200GB a month as
possible. This is more space than most will ever
need, but the comfort that comes along with not
worrying about running out of space is worth the 10
bucks for most. As Google continues to unify all of its products, that extra space might come in handy. For
enterprise App customers, it’s one less thing to worry
about when managing an entire team’s worth of
accounts.

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