Up 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.
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 head around thinking of their email being stored on their “Google Drive.”
Here’s the dashboard to check in on how much space you have left:
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 complimentary 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-size 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.
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