Introducing Google One: Alphabet’s New Cloud Storage Solution
Cloud storage has been getting increasingly popular since people realised that a stack of DVDs or an external hard drive isn’t the most foolproof way to store data. Today, there is a deluge of cloud storage providers, some of who offer up to 50GB of free storage. Google Drive allows up to 15GB of free storage per Google account, after which you’ll have to cough up $20 a year for 100GB to your Google Account. There wasn’t anything wrong with Google Drive, and for reasons best known to them, the company announced the release of their latest could storage platform: Google One.
With Google One, the company has upgraded its paid storage plans to enable users to have more space for Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Google One has many options ranging from 100GB to 30TB of storage. Google One users will also get one-tap access to experts for help with Google’s consumer products and services. Users will also gain access to extras from other Google products such as credits on Google Play or deals on select hotels found in Google Search. The company states that it will add more benefits over time. The pricing structure for the new Google One plans is just below:
- 100 GB – $1.99/m
- 200GB – $2.99/m
- 2 TB – $9.99/mo
Family sharing is enabled with Google One and users can add up to five family members to their plan and simplify storage under one bill. Every member will get their private storage space as well as the additional benefits of Google One. Additionally, all existing users with a paid Drive storage plan will be automatically upgraded to Google One over the coming months. The upgrade will begin in the US and then expand globally. Users will receive an email confirming their upgrade to Google’s new service. You can sign up and get notified when the service rolls out in your region here.
Lastly, Google Drive isn’t going anywhere. You’ll still have access to the contents of your drive and can continue to use it even after Google One is rolled out completely.