Google has announced a new online storage subscription plan called Google One, which will replace the existing Drive storage program.
The new name makes more sense as the Google storage isn’t just limited to Drive, it’s also used to save data from other products. Google One subscribers can buy additional online space in the cloud to store photos, emails, and other files across Google’s various platforms.
Google One is basically an upgrade to Drive’s paid plans, so the fundamentals of the service remain unchanged, but there are a few changes plan along with a new logo.
Similar to the Drive we use, users of Google One will be getting 15GB of free storage. But there will be additional perks for paid users. Let’s take a quick look at the other changes in the plan:
- Plans will start at $1.99 per month for 100GB
- A new 200GB plan at $2.99 per month
- The existing 1GB plan at $9.99 per month will be upgraded to 2TB, free of cost
All other existing plans besides the ones mentioned above will remain the same. For users who want to use Google One without paying at all, there is an option of using Drive’s basic 15GB free space.
Also, a much-requested option to share access to cloud storage with family members has been added. Google will allow up to 5 accounts to access one plan and each account will be entitled to a private section of storage only they can use.
Other facilities include one-tap access to experts to seek help for Google’s consumer products and services. Users will also gain access to extras like Google Play credits and deals on select hotel bookings found in Search.
The new upgrade will be rolling out to users in the U.S. over the next few months followed by a global release later on. Users who are already using the paid storage services will receive the upgrades first, and you can expect an email soon which will confirm the new changes.