The Google One will perhaps replace the existing Google Drive plans soon. In fact, if you're really keen on storing large files, Google even offers a 30TB storage plan for a whopping $300 per month. Clearly, Google is gunning to get some serious traction for its cloud storage service when it comes to sales to a mainstream audience. G Suite clients will be kept immune from all the developments under Google One.
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.
Along with the new price structure, Google is touting other Google One features including access to experts for customer support and "extras" like credits for Google Play or deals from partnering hotels in Google Search.
Google says, the increasing demand for storage space due to advanced mobile phones, and new file formats like 4K video and high-res photography paved way for the Google One. She said that "we hope to build those out over time".
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.
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Previously, Google Drive was also the company's name for the gigabytes of online storage you'd share between Drive, Gmail and Google Photos. Last change in Google's storage plan took place in 2014; they did so after Dropbox reduced price of their storage plans. 10 GB, 20 GB, and 30 GB plans are available as before, you have to pay $100, $200, $300 for them respectively.
Apart from the wider storage plans, Google one offers some perks including "one-tap" access to customer support for Google services and products. There will also be a feature of one-click customer support, accessible across various Google applications.
The upgrade from Google Drive to Google One will start in United States of America, and more countries will be covered over time.
Google One will go live as a service for folks to sign up to - as opposed to being upgraded from Google Drive - later in the year, according to Google.
Subscribers will also get a number of new advantages like fast access to support for the company's consumer products and services.