Friday , February 23 2018

Google unifies Drive, Mail and Google+ storage

Most users of Android will know the simplicity that comes from using a Google account for keeping tabs on your email, contacts, calendars, Play Store purchases and the like. Like it or not, the Google ecosystem works pretty well, and Google are always making little improvements here and there to make it a bit easier and better to use.

Today Google has announced that it is unifying storage for its major products. Instead of having 10GB of space for Gmail, and 5GB for Drive and Google+ photos, users will now receive 15GB of storage to use between these three properties.

If you’re a heavy email user but don’t really use Drive or Google+ photos, then you’ve got more room for your mail. If you’re moving your life into the cloud but don’t use Gmail, then your Drive space has now increased. Pretty cool. Google are also introducing changes to the Google Drive storage page, so you can better see where your storage space is being used (as shown below).

New Drive Storage layout

This change also means that you don’t need to purchase additional Gmail storage separately — any additional storage you purchase will apply to all these properties together, starting from $4.99 a month for a mammoth 100GB of online storage.

Google advises these changes will apply to Google Accounts over the next couple of weeks; Apps customers will receive the same update but it may (as usual) take a little longer.

Source: Gmail Blog.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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3 Comments on "Google unifies Drive, Mail and Google+ storage"

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Valued Guest

I was literally a few seconds off buying the old 25GB storage option last night. I only stopped because I saw I had about 1GB of Titanium Backup files hanging around. Thanks Google

Peter Massey
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Peter Massey

Gah, I’m an Apps customer, I wonder just how long we have to wait. Typically Aus App customers are even slower than US App users!

Dylan Xavier
Valued Guest

Oh Chris, I feel sorry for u. (App customer)

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