What Is 'Google One' And Do You Need It?

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Google is revamping its online storage offerings with a new-look, new-name product dubbed Google One. How much will it cost and what's going to happen to existing Google Drive customers? Here's what you need to know!

If you've been on a paid version of Google Drive, you'll be seeing a name change hitting the service soon. Starting in the US, paid versions of Google Drive will be renamed to Google One. New plans are part of the revamp with pricing and storage tiers starting at 100GB going all the way to 30TB of storage.

Families paying for extra storage will be able to share that capacity with up to five other family members according to an annoucement by Google.

The company said paid Drive storage plans will be automatically upgraded to Google One. The US goes first with other countries to follow. When it happens, you'll receive an email confirming your upgrade to Google One.

Pricing has been released - but only for US customers.

Google One plans will start at 100 GB for US$1.99, 200 GB for US$2.99, and 2 TB for US$9.99 per month. Pricing for plans larger than 2TB will remain the same. As the old 1TB tier has been removed, existing 1TB Drive plans will be upgraded to 2TB at no extra cost.

With cloud storage becoming increasingly important, the price drops are nice. Clearly, Google is trying to differentiate their paid and free services. I wonder how long it will be till we see a similar move with other services they offer.


Comments

    Aside from the free storage upgrade I'll get, what interests me here is that the name change. "Google One" could have been the brand used for some hugely significant device or service. I can't help thinking they've "wasted" a good brand name there.

      That, and it's similarity to Microsoft ONE drive?

      It won't stop me saying "Yeah, just chuck it in my Google drive"

    What about someone like me who snagged a mad deal back in the day with a $10/month unlimited storage plan?

    Unless Google stuffs around with things for overseas customers, then the Australian pricing is likely to be A$2.49, <???> (no 200GB tier currently) and A$12.49 in line with their current pricing.

    Google One, 2TB account, now available in Australia. AUD$12.49 per month / AUD$124.99 pa.

    That pits it at around $20 per year cheaper than a 1TB Dropbox account (= AUD$141.90 + international transaction fee of AUD$4.26 when last renewed in June 2018).

    More than 10% cheaper and double the storage.

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