New Google One storage plans were announced today, decreasing the cost of Google Drive storage across the board. That process will start in the U.S. before moving out across the globe. The subscription also includes the Office suite of apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the like, along with 60 minutes of Skype calls per user per month. Some cloud storage providers even provide as much as 50GB of free cloud storage, although other providers such as Dropbox continue to provide only 2GB of free storage. Thanks to mobile phones, and new file formats like 4K video and high-res photography, people are storing more than ever before.
Users having a paid Drive storage plan will be automatically upgraded to Google One over the "coming months", with the upgrade starting in the United States and then expanding globally. USA customers will be the first to see the changes, with a global expansion occurring afterwards. But a simple name change is not the only exciting difference in the service moving forward.
Google One plans will begin at $1.99 per month for 100GB, $2.99 for 200GB or $9.99 per month for 2TB.
It's not a bad model, $2USD per month for an additional 100GB is pretty decent, and the new family sharing plan is interesting as well.
That 15GB free tier isn't changing, but Google is juggling its paid storage options at the lower end. Instead, Google suggests that it's basically Google data storage with access to Google consumer product experts and the ability to share data storage between up to 6 members of a family. Extra benefits like credits on Google Play or deals on select hotels in Google Search are on the way to Google One customers too. Each user will get his/her own, private storage and the same benefits as the rest of their household.
When it comes to cloud storage services, Google Drive probably comes to mind. It will replace the paid consumer editions of Google Drive now on offer.
The logo in the top left has been changed to the Google Drive logo.
In addition to the new pricing, Google One lets customers buy family plans.
As to when you'll get One?