Breaking out from the Google Drive moniker, Google has launched a set of new cloud storage tiers under the branding Google One. The new name makes sense, since Google Drive storage formerly encompassed space allotted to a wide swath of Google products, such as Photos, Docs, and Gmail, as well as files actually stored in Drive. Now Google One fills the role of covering your storage needs across all Google products and services, which I think will be less confusing. It’s a pattern that follows Apple’s own iCloud branding, where iCloud storage covers a variety of Apple services like Photos and Mail, with iCloud Drive just one of those services.
Along with the organizational change, Google One introduces revised pricing and storage options:
- 15 GB: Free
- 100 GB: $1.99/month
- 200 GB: $2.99/month
- 2 TB: $9.99/month
- As well as 10 TB, 20 TB, and 30 TB options for prices in the hundreds of dollars per month
Google’s pricing is comparable to Apple’s own iCloud storage, though with more options and a more generous free tier. Apple offers 5 GB for free, 50 GB for $0.99/month, 200 GB for $2.99/month, and for 2 TB for $9.99/month.
Google One’s rollout will be staged worldwide, but as of today it appears to be available in the U.S. at least.
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