Google Launches New Budget-Friendly Cloud Storage Service

Yolanda Curtis
May 18, 2018

Google One is offering new cloud storage tiers, better pricing for some of those tiers, and some freebies to entice users into the ecosystem. With the introduction of new plans by Google One, Google has expanded its limits on the storage subject. Clearly, Google is gunning to get some serious traction for its cloud storage service when it comes to sales to a mainstream audience. So overall, it's a value-added proposition from Google.

Storage plans start at $2.99 which will let users have 200 GB of storage.

Moving on up the ladder, users now on the 1TB plan will automatically be upgraded to 2TB in coming months but the upgrade will be at no extra charge.

That's right, we're looking at a rebranding of the Google Drive cloud storage product that was already available to consumers.

Google says, the increasing demand for storage space due to advanced mobile phones, and new file formats like 4K video and high-res photography paved way for the Google One. The Mountain View company's new cloud service also offers 200GB of storage for $3 per month or 2TB of storage for $10 per month. For those heavier users who want more than 2TB of storage, pricing will remain the same as it is now with Google Drive.

It's a new service that all those who now subscribe to Google Drive storage plans will be upgraded to.

Google's group product manager for Google One named Brandon Badger, told me the team looked at how people use the storage plan. You can expect a notification once the service is available in your area.

The good news is that subscribing to Google One will be a cheaper affair than current Google Drive plans. One can add up to five family members under the plan, so as to simplify storage under one bill.

That's pretty much everything covered, although it's worth noting that Google clarified that when folks are moved to the new offering from Google Drive, the fundamental way they use Drive to store files - and to share them - won't change. The US goes first with other countries to follow.

Over the past couple of years there have been some hints about Google beginning a shift towards selling services, besides things like Gmail and Search. Even if a user has the $2 per month plan, he or she can still access Google's unparalleled customer support.

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