Google has started rolling out changes to its storage plans under a new program called Google One. As per the company, the Google One is a simple plan for extended storage that includes extra benefits at a lower price. In the next few months, all the paid Google Drive storage plans will be upgraded to Google One and this change will not G Suite business customers. Under Google One, the company has introduced a new 200GB storage option which is priced at just $2.99.
Google is yet to announce the Google One paid plans for the Indian consumers and even confirmed that the program would be first live in the US, followed by other countries. Google also slashed of prices of other storage plans. The 2TB plan, which usually costs $19.99 will be available for $9.99 per month under the newly introduced Google One. Google also removed the 1TB plan which was priced at $9.99. Plans offering 10, 20, or 30TB will not see any price changes.
Furthermore, Google One also offers access to experts for help with the Google consumer products and services. Alongside that, users will gain extras from other Google products such as credits on Google Play or deals to select hotels found in Google Search. Google also promised to add more benefits over time.
Another best feature introduced with Google One is the plans are now sharable within a family- one of the most requested features by Google Drive paid users of all time. With Google One, the search giant is finally fulfilling the request. A user can add up to five family members to their plan and simplify under one bill. That said, everyone gets their own private storage space as well as the additional benefits of Google One.
Even the cheapest plan of 100GB will be eligible for Family Sharing, as confirmed by Google. Also, do make a note that Google still offers the basic 15GB free Drive storage to every user. So, if you're not a storage hogger, then the Google One program doesn't matter for you.
The primary advantages of Google One program are the family sharing and live support. If you're already a Google Drive paid user, chances are that you might get an email confirming your upgrade to Google One. As stated, the rollout begins from the United States and might take a while for the company to introduce the plans in India. For the unaware, the Google Drive paid plans in India start at Rs 130 per month for 100GB, and the 30TB storage option is priced at Rs 19,500 per month. For 1TB of storage, Indians are paying as much as Rs 650 per month.