Google is making a change that gives users of some of its services more flexibility. This will result in many having more storage capacity for their favorites.
Currently, free users of Gmail, Google+, and Google Drive get 5GB of storage capacity for each service. Soon, this will change so that users will have a common pool of 15GB of capacity to use however they want.
As Google points out, “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.”
This change will mean that those who are light users of Gmail and Google+ will soon have close to 15GB of storage open for Google Drive. For comparison, Dropbox gives free users 2GB of storage, while Apple iCloud offers 5GB, and Microsoft’s SkyDrive offers 7GB.
These services are commonly used by those with Android tablets, but they definitely aren’t limited to Google’s own operating system. Those with an iPad can find apps for all three in Apple’s software store, and there are Windows versions as well.
The promised changes to Google’s storage system will roll out over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, users of these services can check to see how many gigabytes they are using on Google’s website.