May 13, 2013
Google Cloud Integrates, Now Offers 15 GB Free Storage
Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Google is bringing it together. On Monday the search giant announced that it has modified its cloud storage allocation for regular users of its services, providing 15 GB of free storage across Gmail, Drive and Google+ Photos. For those using the free storage option, this bumps the allotment from 5GB to 15GB, providing more room for storing digital content.Google made the announcement just prior to kicking off its Google I/O developers´ conference that is taking place this week.
“Life gets a bit easier when your Google products work well together — whether that´s inserting a Drive file into an email or sharing a photo from Drive on Google+. As this experience becomes more seamless, separate storage doesn´t make as much sense anymore. So instead of having 10 GB for Gmail and another 5 GB for Drive and Google+ Photos, you´ll now get 15 GB of unified storage for free to use as you like between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos,” Google´s Clay Bavor, director of product management, posted on the official Gmail Blog.
By comparison, Dropbox now offers free subscribers a mere 2 GB of storage, while Microsoft SkyDrive provides users with 7GB, and Apple iCloud, Amazon Cloud Storage and SugarSync provide users with 5GB for free.
The users of Google´s free service aren´t the only ones who will see a bump this week. Google Apps customers will also now get an increase in allocation for Drive and Gmail, upping it to 30GB.
Google also announced that it will be updating its Google Drive storage page as a way to help users better understand how the storage space is being used. A pie chart will now help breakdown the storage use across Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos, making it easier for users to see how their space is being used and how much is left.
Google´s Bavor noted, “This change means you´re no longer limited to a 25 GB upgrade in Gmail — any additional storage you purchase now applies there, too.”
For those who need additional storage, the search giant will offer plans starting at $4.99 per month for 100 GB, along with a $9.99 plan for 200 GB. As TechCrunch noted, “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.”
Google launched its much-anticipated “Google Drive” cloud storage last April, and at the time offered users the ability to store up to 5GB of data on the company´s services free of charge. Google Drive´s software was launched for Windows PCs and Mac as well as smartphones and tablet devices running Google Android software.
Google did not state when these changes will occur, but it is expected that it will be rolled out in the coming weeks.