In a move to satisfy consumers’ long time demands to unify their storage space across different Google apps, Google has decided to unify the cloud storage capacity between Gmail, Google Drive (docs, etc.) and Google+ (Photos). Currently, Gmail offers 10.1GB of storage for users’ inboxes and 5GB for Google Drive and for Google+ photos.
So, Google is simply taking all of the space that you have allocated and giving you more choice with how you use the extra Gmail space for Drive and Google+. For most users, they will see an increase for Drive and Google+ photos. There is also a good chance that many users don’t care about Drive or Google+ and they just want to retain Gmail storage, which this still will allow for. Personally, I am only using 25% of my 10GB of capacity and I have tens of thousands of emails in my Gmail account. This would theoretically mean that I now have 11 GB that I can use towards Google Drive and Google+ photos (instead of 3.5GB). That would mean an upgrade for those services, but I’d also really like Google to start unifying the pipeline and storage between these three applications to make it easier to move and share files.
With this new setup, you can also get 100GB of storage space from Google for $4.99 a month, which is ridiculously cheap. While this is a lot of storage space that can be used in many different ways, many consumers will still shy away from this inexpensive option for more space beyond the 15GB due to associating Google with free services. For comparison, Dropbox charges $9.99 for 100GB and Box.com charges $15 a month for 1TB. However, Box.com isn’t nearly as versatile as Google’s or Dropbox’s platforms considering the different platforms that they support.
If you’re curious as to what your current storage usage is… you can check on Google’s Storage Settings page and see exactly how much you’re currently using for each service. Additionally, Google Stated,
"Pro tip: This change means you?re no longer limited to a 25 GB upgrade in Gmail?any additional storage you purchase now applies there, too.
These changes to Google Drive storage will roll out over the next couple of weeks. Google Apps users will also be getting shared storage, so visit the enterprise blog to learn more."
So, expect these changes to roll out shortly and to be able to upload larger files to your Google Drive and Google+ photos.