Google combines storage for Drive and Photos[dropcap2]G[/dropcap2]oogle took a strategic decision to give away a lot more free storage with Gmail than any other webmail service was offering till now. It looks like Google is spinning the other way and giving a bit more sparing with storage; interestingly Google is going to combine the storage of Google drive and Photos.
Initially, google started by giving 5GB space and that was kept separate from the storage you would get as a user of Google Photos but now Google is changing the policy to require the 5GB be shared storage between Drive and Photos.
This decision has both pros and cons:
If you’re someone who uses Photos a lot, but not drive, this will be a good change, because you’ll suddenly have 4GB more free space. If you only use Drive, you won’t notice a change. BUT if you use both, you may see yourself heading towards the need to buy a storage upgrade from Google, which of course also had a big jump in pricing when Drive was launched (20GB used to be $5 per year, now 25GB is $5 per month).
However the flaw of this decision is that if you buy a storage upgrade, the 5GB shared storage for Drive and Photos will not be counted as part of the total, not as a count to the total. This indicates, if you upgrade to 25GB of storage, you’ll end up with 25GB of storage instead of 31GB (25+5+1) that you could easily have before.