Chances are if you open your Google Drive now, it wouldn’t exactly appear as Google Drive. The new layout might be spooking you a bit first, and there’s no semblance of the name “Drive” anywhere. This is because Google Drive has officially become Google One, and Google has a lot of plans for this evolution of their service.
To the curious, Google Drive has actually been released by Google as far back as 2012. This is Google’s take on the growing file storage and synchronization service provided by other companies such as Dropbox. As time passed, Google Drive eventually allowed users to store various files on its servers, share them, and even synchronize them across devices. Interestingly, Google Drive grew from being a simple website to an entire slate of products – including apps with offline services for macOS and Windows computers, as well as iOS and Android phones.
Now, Google Drive has become compatible with Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs which in themselves comprised the Google Suite offering. This effectively allowed users to create, edit, and share presentations, spreadsheets, and documents across themselves wherever they are worldwide. So what’s in store for Google Drive fans?
Google One? What Is It?
Google One, simply put, is the new iteration of services for those who are currently using the storage plans of Google Drive. This “switch” pertains to consumers using various plans under Google’s cloud storage. This means those using G Suite, such as businesses, will be remaining on their current plans.
What perhaps surprised a lot of Google fans is that the new Google One offering will be boosting storage capacity plans. Its usual 100GB cap for paid subscribers have been increased to a whopping 30TB.
What Else Is There?
Perhaps another appealing feature of Google One’s arrival is that, like with any hyped feature, it has its own share of freebies for long-time subscribers. Google One is starting to push for a more worldwide appeal across a wider demographic, featuring a slate of services that will appear to individuals, groups, and families alike. For instance:
- Google One will have a “credits” system that can be spent for various freebies at the Google Play Store. These are supposedly similar to airline ticket points, where you can avail for discounts on various offerings across a wide range of services if you’ve accumulated enough points while using Google One.
- Google One will also feature improved customer support for subscribers. Those who subscribe to Google One’s bigger plans will have “one-tap access” to industry experts should they need any assistance with Google products. This can be appealing, especially to tech-savvy individuals.
- Google One also appears to be much friendlier in terms of utility, as its features are now much well-defined and easy to access. This might reflect Google’s push towards a stronger appeal to families and other mainstream demographics.
Google Drive also initially offers users a whopping 15GB of free storage, which can then be expanded to as much as 100GB, 1TB, 2TB, 10TB, 20TB, and even 30TB through various paid plans. In fact, Google Drive actually accommodates single-file uploads of as much as 5TB at a time, and users are capable of changing various settings for folders and individual files – such as who can share them, to whom they can share the files, and what sort of access they can offer others when sharing them. Google Drive eventually became such an important part of the G Suite, which is Google’s own monthly subscription take for organizations and businesses who want to take advantage of Google’s offerings for their businesses.
There’s no firm date to the launch of Google One’s full slate of services, however it appears subscribing to the new Google One will be much cheaper than Google Drive. Plans include the following prices:
- 100GB storage will be available for $1.99 every month.
- 200GB storage will be available for about $2.99 every month.
- 2TB storage will cost around $9.99 every month.
What’s exciting is that those with the 1TB plan will now be migrated into 2TB plans without extra charge, and those who want larger space than the 2TB maximum will still pay the same amount as a 2TB offering to Google.
Google is up for an exciting year if it’s recent releases are to be believed. Not only did its Gmail service have an auto-suggest feature coming up, Google Drive even has evolved into Google One. If the features and plans above come to be fulfilled as Google planned, then perhaps patrons and fans of the renewed service will actually have a lot to look forward to in the next few years to come.
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