If you are a Google user and you tend to keep all of your emails, hold onto to lots of documents, and have many photos, you can now rest assured. Google announced it is now offering 15GB of free space to its customers across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ (Photos). The unified storage option means that you can have a combined amount of 15GB amongst all three services. The amount of cloud-based storage is triple what they had previously offered before at 5GB. And, if you really have a lot documents and photos to store, Google is offering 100GB – an enormous amount space – for just $4.99 per month.
On the Google Drive blog, they explain, “With this new combined storage space, you won’t have to worry about how much you’re storing and where. For example, maybe you’re a heavy Gmail user but light on photos, or perhaps you were bumping up against your Drive storage limit but were only using 2 GB in Gmail. Now it doesn’t matter, because you can use your storage the way you want.”
By comparison, another online storage option, Dropbox, offers free space of up to 2GB and many of the other competitors only go up to 5GB. The increase to 15GB is surely to give consumers a reason to consider utilizing Google services if they aren’t yet. It’s unclear yet how cloud-based storage competitors such as Apple, Dropbox, Amazon, and Microsoft will react to the news.
The announcement is sure to create some buzz ahead of the popular I/O conference coming up soon.