Google opens up Google One to the general public

A few months ago Google started the process of transitioning Google Drive customers to their new Google One product. Google One is primarily a re-branding of Google Drive, though there are a couple new wrinkles involved with the revised platform. That stage of the transition appears to be complete as Google announced they are now opening up Google One to the general public so that anyone who is interested can sign up for a plan.

The plans that are being offered in general mirror what was being offered through the old Google Drive. The first 15GB of space can be obtained for free and then the first paid tier is for 100GB of space for $1.99 per month. Google did add another tier above that as an option for 200GB of space at $2.99 per month. The existing plan for $9.99 per month still exists but Google doubled the storage space from 1TB to 2TB.

One new feature Google added is sharing with family members. Up to five other people can be added to an account to share the space on Google One. Customers also have more direct access to Google support on a 24/7 basis.

Google indicates in their announcement that they plan to offer special deals like Play Store credits or hotel deals through Google Search for customers who pay for Google One.

As someone who was a Google Drive customer that was transitioned, I have found the specials to be sporadic at best and generally of minimal benefit. Another change that I have not seen mentioned by Google, but one I experienced when my account moved to Google One was that Google started automatically adding images I saved to a folder on Google Drive over to Google Photos. That synchronization was a nice benefit and meant I could eliminate a step in one of my workflows.

Google says the new Google One offerings are available now in the U.S. and will be rolling out to other countries over the next few weeks.

source: Google

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • swtrainer

    The 2tb option doesn’t compare with the less expensive Office365 Home subscription – costs less, includes 5 1tb OneDrive subscriptions for family and full installation of latest version of Microsoft Office…and Word, PowerPoint and Excel (even the online versions) run circles Docs, Slides, and Sheets.