Google is dropping the Google Drive branding, but don’t worry; the new service that’s replacing it looks better in pretty much every way, just with a new name. Google One is offering new cloud storage tiers, better pricing for some of those tiers, and some freebies to entice users into the ecosystem.
The base package for Google Drive (100GB for $1.99 per month) is sticking around and will be the entry level option for anyone trying to buy into some cloud space, but a new $2.99/200GB tier will be available. It caps out at 2TB of space for $9.99 per month, which is twice the storage you get with competitors like Dropbox and Microsoft’s OneDrive. It matches Apple’s top cloud storage tier, although Google’s service is infinitely more flexible with non-Apple devices.
What really separates Google One is the extra stuff that comes with it. Google says they’re going to add in deals for subscribers, like Play Store credit or discounts on hotels through Google Search, with more deals to follow in time. You’ll also be able to add up to five users to a single subscription plan, and everybody gets direct access to free tech support if they have issues with any Google product, so you’re essentially getting a personal tech consultant thrown in with your cloud storage.
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. In case you needed any more direct confirmation, I think this is it. Keep an eye out for when Google One becomes available in your country.