Google Drive after its initial launch in year 2012 offered free storage of 5 GB to its users. Now the users can enjoy three times more storage of 15 GB. This was announced in the official Google Drive Blog.
Unification of Free storage between Google Drive, Gmail and Google plus photos
Earlier users were able to use 5 GB space for Drive and Google+ Photos, while 10 GB for Gmail. Now Google has unified all these free space letting users to use 15 GB space between Drive, Gmail and Google plus photos.
Clay Bavor, Director of Product Management for Google gave an example n the blog.
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.
The Google Drive storage page will give you idea about your storage space usage. To view the breakdowns of your storage across Drive, Gmail and Google plus photos simply hover over the pie chart.
If you plan to upgrade your storage then upgrade at $4.99/month providing you 100 GB space.
This space increment also applies to Google Apps users. They will now get 30 GB unified storage to use between Drive and Gmail. This means gmail inboxes of Google Apps users will no longer be limited to 25 GB. Any additional space purchased can be used and shared in gmail. This information is made official in Google Enterprise Blog.
After its launch Google Drive was facing competition from Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Apple’s iCloud. Now with this announcement Google has moved quite forward in competition.