Google One, Google’s new subscription plan for cloud storage and more, is now available to anyone and everyone in the United States. Google One is Google Drive plus a lot more besides, with subscribers offered a range of extra benefits across Google.
In May 2018, Google announced Google One, a new cloud storage service for consumers. Over the last few months, people with paid Google Drive plans have been upgraded to Google One. And now, Google is making Google One available to everyone.
Google One Is Google Drive Plus More
Google One buys you more Google Drive storage plus the chance to get more out of Google. This is for those people who need more than the 15GB of free storage space all Google Drive users get by default. And then some.
A Google One subscription buys you extra storage. You can buy 100GB for $1.99/month, 200GB for $2.99/month and a massive 2TB for $9.99/month. This extra storage is available across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.
While storing photos and videos on Google Photos is free, you’re stuck saving the compressed versions. However, paying for a One subscription means you can save the original, high-resolution versions of your photos and videos.
The other benefits include 24/7 access to Google Support, and the option to share your plan with up to five other family members. However, Google is also offering Google Play credits, deals on hotels found on Google Search, and Google Store discounts.
Google One: A Premium Version of Google?
Right now this is essentially just Google rebranding Google Drive as Google One and changing the pricing plans around a little. Which is nothing to get excited about. Especially as Google Drive users with paid plans have already been upgraded to Google One.
However, the promise of offering extra benefits across Google suggests Google sees Google One growing into something much more significant. It could be that eventually a Google One subscription will offer a premium version of the whole Google experience.