For some reason Google uses Google Storage Plans under the name Google One. Together with rebranding, Google improves its pricing in ways that provide customers with more options and more storage at lower prices. This marks the first price reduction in four years.
Google One plans start in the same place as Google Drive plans – $ 1.99 per month for 100GB of extra storage – but the situation will improve after that. Google introduces a new $ 2.99 monthly level, which includes 200GB of storage, and it upgrades $ 9.99 per month to include 2GB of storage instead of 1TB.
We signed up for a 2TB storage option to try out Google One. The process is simple, you only go into Google Drive and click on Storage and then Upgrade storage to get all possible upgrades.
It's basically the changes. Pricing for plans larger than 2TB remains the same. There are supposed to be some other benefits, such as offers in the Google Store, but nothing has been announced yet. You can also share your storage with up to five family members, which is a useful feature, especially since you can stop paying too much more storage than you really need. In practice, Google does not actually check if the email accounts you've added are family members, so you can easily add friends or co-workers.
As for the name change, we suspect that Google decided to introduce the "One" brand to make it clear that this storage is not limited to Drive but also used for Gmail and Photos. In the end, today's changes largely account for another name on the same product, along with two tweaked pricing levels.
Google says it has already moved Drive subscribers to personal accounts across to Google One plans. As of today, anyone in the US can sign up for the new pricing. Of course, your choice of cloud storage provider will depend on what services you usually use – if you get stuck in iCloud, it does not matter to you – but in a consistent gaming area, Google's pricing is extremely competitive. Microsoft offers half as much storage space as Google at $ 1.99 per month; Dropbox does not offer anything between free and $ 9.99; and while iCloud has an appealing $ 0.99 per month plan with 50GB of storage space, you must jump directly to a $ 2.99 / 200GB plan if you want anything more than that.
The new Google One plans do not actually live like this one, but Google has told them to be available this afternoon.