Google Cuts Prices And Rebrands Drive For Storage As Google One With Family Sharing Like Apple’s iCloud

Google Drive is one and only safe place for all your files and puts them within reach from any smartphone, tablet or computer. Now, Google rebranded its online storage subscription program to Google One and lowered prices, but Amazon still has the best deal for 1 terabyte of storage, when compared.

Google has changed how it prices its storage plans with a new $2.99/month tier for 200GB of storage being added to the mix. Alongside this, the existing 2TB plan will be reduced from $19.99/month to $9.99/month with a huge discount, including 100 GB for $1.99 monthly.

Users of Google Drive’s online backup program will still go to drive.google.com to access their files. If they use under 15GB, Google Drive is still free. The subscription offering, for heavier users, will be called One. The changes will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

But customers looking for just 1TB of storage at the lowest price might want to shop with Amazon, which offers it for $59.99 yearly. That’s lower than the $99 yearly prices from Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. Neith Apple’s iCloud nor Google offer just 1TB of storage, but a more hefty 2TB.

The whole storage plan system will also be rebranded to Google One, although Google Drive itself will retain its name. It will also be able to share their storage quota with up to give family members following today’s changes.

The new One name will offer bonuses to subscribers “like credits on Google Play or deals on select hotels found in Google Search,” said Google in the blog post. Google still offers 15GB of free storage before moving people to a paid account.

The move to more affordable storage plans is an important one with smartphones now recording 4K videos at a matter of course. Uploading such video formats, and indeed high-resolution photos to any online storage can be a costlier business. Storage is soon sued up when high-resolution media is involved and making it easier for users to ensure everything is saved in the cloud is a great move by Google, but that is not all that the new Google One is about.

With Google One, users will also be able to get one-tap access to Google Experts who will provide help with any Google product or service. This will be a case of users being routed to real live human beings rather than an AI bot, importantly. It is available on all new Google One plan including the $1.99/month plan.

This is a similar support to that already offered to paying G Suite customers, and available to anyone who has a Google One account. In the US at least these experts will be available 24/7 with access via email, chat, and even telephone if required.

Here’s how the rivals compare:

Amazon: $59.99 yearly for 1 TB, or $119 for 2 TB.

Google One: $99 yearly for 2 TB.

Dropbox: $99 yearly for 1 TB

Microsoft: $99 yearly for 1 TB

Apple iCloud: $120 yearly for 2 TB.

Don’t need all the data available with a Google One account, nor that free support? No problem – the existing (free) 15GB storage plan is still available. Online storage is considered a safer backup bet, and consumers can access the files from anymore, whether on mobile, desktop or laptop.

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