Google amalgamates Gmail, G+ Photos, GDrive memory to 15GB


    By Abdul Vahid V

    In an attention-grabbing move, Google has merged the freely allowed cloud memory for Gmail and GDrive to 15GB shared memory for its three major online products Gmail, GDrive and Google+ Photos. Earlier, Gmail users could use up to 10GB of memory to store their emails, and Google Drive users were given 5GB memory to store their docs, files and other data. Now, Google has brought together the free memory of these two services to 15GB, also taking Google+ Photos to the fold.

    “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,” Google GDrive team said in an official blog post. Thus, “instead of having 10GB for Gmail and another 5GB for Drive and Google+ Photos, you’ll now get 15GB of unified storage for free to use as you like between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos,” the company added.

    It is indeed a great development for someone, who highly relies on these Google products, for sending mails, sharing data and sharing images. Well, Gmail, Google Drive and Google+ are top providers of the kind of service they lend to the users. They are respectively leading webmail, cloud storage and image sharing sites on the web, meaning that combined memory for these services is a great decision to come from Google.

    Combined memory for these three popular services makes things further easier for users. They can balance between the services in using memory. If you are a light user of Gmail, you can share more photos on Google+ or store more data on Google Drive. If you are a heavy user of Gmail, you can set aside more memory for the emailing service. Yes, through the new storage distribution, “you can use your storage the way you want.”

    By the way, Google has killed its $2.49-worth 25GB data storage tier in a move to offer a massive 100GB storage for a comparatively smaller price $4.99/month. Users who want extra memory beyond the unified 15GB can now only get the 100GB option; 25GB version is no longer there. “You’re no longer limited to a 25 GB upgrade in Gmail—any additional storage you purchase now applies there, too,” says Google.

    It is also a move to convert Google Drive as a bit more competitive and stronger rival to Dropbox. The new price of 100GB on Google Cloud is smaller compared to the same plan on Dropbox. So, it is doubted that Google has taken such a decision to beat Dropbox outright. “That’s half the price of Dropbox’s 100GB plan, and some recent improvements to Drive have made it even better as a Dropbox replacement than ever,” says The Verge.

    The new changes to Google Drive storage will also be available on Google Apps in your mobile and tablets. Google is to introduce the new storage distribution pattern to users “in the next couple of weeks.” It is not also clear whether it will be launched across the world at once or step by step. Anyway, it is great news that Google product users can now transfer data storage capacity from one product to other for better data storage.

    Indeed, Google Drive could already make a big penetration to the customer base of its major rivals like Dropbox. Since its release, it has been one of the best cloud storage services that one can rely on to store different forms data including text, images and more. Of course, a move to amalgamate the cloud memory capacities of Google Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos is something that will bring more people to Google.