Google Drive paid consumer storage plans become Google One

Ruben Fields
May 15, 2018

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

The goal seems to be to make Google's storage offerings for consumers more competitive with Apple's. You'll also be able to share the plan with up five family members.

If you don't want to play, you can still get your free 15GB of storage by using Google services. Google has recognized the need to beef up storage for those who need it will still maintaining accessibility, explaining their thought process in a recent blog post.

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Google (GOOG +0.5%, GOOGL +0.7%) is shifting its consumer storage pricing, slashing the price of a high-volume plan and adding a new lower-end tier. There's no change in functionality, but some icons and buttons have moved, and there's a range of visual tweaks to align with Google's latest material design principles. However, Microsoft does not provide the option to modify storage and does not include plans for over 1TB of storage. Google One will let users do exactly that. With Google One, the company has upgraded its paid storage plans to enable users have more space for Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Each user will get his/her own, private storage and the same benefits as the rest of their household.

If you're an avid Google Drive user, the company has some interesting news for you. But it's not too much of a stretch to assume Google will eventually offer Google One plans with YouTube Red, YouTube Music, Google Express. The search giant adds that it will be adding more benefits to its other products over time. The 100GB option will be priced at $1.99 per month, the 200GB will cost $2.99 per month, and the 2TB option will go for $9.99 per month. Read here if you'd like to know more about the differences in Scheduled Release and Rapid Release Channels.

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