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    Google unifies Gmail, Drive and photo storage: all users now get 15GB of shared space

    Source: Google (via The Verge)

    Since launching Drive last year, Google has offered users 5GB of free Dropbox-style storage for documents and their Picasa / Google+ photos — but Gmail has long had its own, separate 10GB of storage. Now, Google is unifying storage across its products, something that should automatically make Drive a lot more useful to many users. All Google users now get a combined 15GB of shared storage across Drive, Google+ photos, and Gmail that can be used as they wish. If you're a light Gmail users, you can devote some (or all) of that 15GB to Drive — immediately making it one of the larger free cloud storage options out there.

    Unfortunately, Google has also done away with one of its storage tiers — previously, users could add 25GB of storage to Drive for $2.49 per month. That option is now gone; the cheapest extended storage option is adding 100GB to your Google account for $4.99 per month. 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. As for those with the $2.49 25GB plan, a Google spokesperson confirmed that users will be able to keep it until they cancel or change their plan — but new users will have to jump in at the 100GB tier. As with so many of Google's changes, these new Drive plans will start rolling out to users "over the next couple of weeks."
    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.

    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.

    We'll also be making updates to the Google Drive storage page, so you can better understand how you're using storage space. Simply hover over the pie chart to see a breakdown of your storage use across Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. And if you need more storage, this is your place to upgrade, with plans starting at $4.99/month for 100GB.

    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.



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    It looks like it's going up to 30GB per user for apps users:
    Official Google Enterprise Blog: Bringing it all together for Google Apps customers: 30GB shared between Drive and Gmail

    Bringing it all together for Google Apps customers: 30GB shared between Drive and Gmail
    Monday, May 13, 2013

    Posted by Clay Bavor, Director of Product Management, Google Apps

    Life gets a bit easier when your Google Apps products work well together -- whether that’s inserting a Drive file into an email or sharing Docs and photos from Drive on Google+. As that experience becomes seamless, having separate storage doesn’t make as much sense anymore. So over the coming weeks, you’ll get 30 GB of unified storage to use as you like between Drive and Gmail. Just as before, files created in Docs, Sheets and Slides don't count against your storage quota. Storage will also be shared with photos you upload to Google+ larger than 2048px.



    With this new combined storage, you can use your storage how you need to. If your business or school is like most, you know how many important emails and attachments you receive every day. As a result of today’s storage change, Gmail inboxes for Google Apps customers are no longer limited to 25 GB -- any additional storage you purchase can be shared and used by Gmail. Or alternatively, if you’re only using a few gigabytes of email storage, but have a lot of large documents and files stored in Google Drive, you can now use your storage primarily for Drive.



    We'll also be making updates to the Google Drive storage page, so you can better understand how you're using your storage. Simply hover over the pie chart to see a breakdown of your storage use across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos.
    and we're no where near our 61TB limit !

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    Intriging...makes sense tho. Google are having a tidy of all their services.

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    Perhaps one of the reasons behind the unified storage is due to a forthcoming Android feature where your apps can store all of their data on Google's servers.



    Provided the developer supports it, you'll be shipping your app data off to Google and it will sync just as reliably as your Gmail data does.

    This would be a huge game changer. You're basically looking at fully cloud-stored Android devices at this point. Every useful piece of data on your phone would be continually, automatically backed up using the rock-solid Android sync framework. That is just awesome. (Source)
    There still doesn't look like there is a way to buy more storage space if you reach the 20,000 track limit on Google Play Music which is annoying.

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