Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Google Launches New Budget-Friendly Cloud Storage Service

Google Launches New Budget-Friendly Cloud Storage Service

Google One will be replacing the existing Google Drive storage plans in the USA soon, followed by the rest of the world. With Google One, you can add up to five family members to your plan and simplify storage under one bill.

No, Google isn't rebranding Drive but those of you who pay for extra storage, your plans will now be managed via the Google One platform.

Moving on up the ladder, users now on the 1TB plan will automatically be upgraded to 2TB in coming months but the upgrade will be at no extra charge. Users can reach out to Google via phone, email or online chat for assistant. In other countries, this lineup of support options may vary, but the company tells me that its objective is "to provide users with great one-tap support and constantly improve it over time". All customers outside G Suite business will be shifted to the new Google One plans.

It's worth stressing that the existing free quota of 15 GB will remain. Additionally, subscribers might get complimentary credits on Google Play and "select" deals for search queries via Google.

Brandon Badger, Google's group product manager for Google One, told me the team looked at how people use the storage plan. And we'll be adding more benefits over time.

The new Family Share feature for Drive was a pleasant surprise in the Google One announcement. "We are looking with this plan to accommodate that", he said. While this happens to be a new plan, the same that offered 1 TB of storage has been scrapped.

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If you have a paid Drive storage plan, you'll be upgraded to Google One automatically over the coming months, starting in the USA and then expanding globally.

In addition, Fontaine noted that users with paid storage accounts also tend to be heavy Google users in general, so combining storage and support seemed logical.

The new pricing structure for the new plans include 100 GB for $1.99/mo, 200GB for $2.99/mo and 2 TB for $9.99/mo.

"That's why we're introducing Google One, a simple plan for expanded storage that includes extra benefits to help you get more out of Google". I wonder how long it will be till we see a similar move with other services they offer. For $20 a year, you can extend your storage for up to 100 GB of combined Google service data pool.

So, what's new in Google One?

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