Google unifies storage, slashes prices

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Google  has turned the whole 5GB for Mail + 5GB for Photos + 10 GB for Drive scheme into a single, 15 GB Drive for everything. 

Which actually makes a lot of sense, since it’s a very rare person who actually uses up all their 5GB Gmail storage: we’d rather those gigs went to Drive. In fact, we’ve been trying for years and still haven’t got anywhere close to the cap. In the process, Google is also saving themselves 5GB per user, since Photos + Mail + Drive previously came up to 20 GB per user.

To view your usage, head over to https://www.google.com/settings/storage. Mouse over the pie chart of your drive and you’ll see something like this: 

Google drive

At the same time, Google has also cut down the price of cloud storage on Drive, drastically stepping up the competition. GDrive now offers 100 GB of space for $1.99 a month (approximately Rs 260), down from $4.99. 1 Terabyte is no $9.99; 10, 20 and 30 Tb are $99,99, $199.99 and $299.99 respectively.  

“How big is a terabyte anyway?” wrote Scott Johnston, Google Drive’s director of product management. “Well, that’s enough storage for you to take a selfie twice a day for the next 200 years and still have room left over for… shall we say… less important things.”

 

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