In a plan it calls "Google One", the company will add a 200 GB storage tier for $2.99/month, and cut the price of its 2 TB plan in half, from $19.99/month to $9.99/month. In the process, it also introduced a new storage product that just makes the whole shindig more confusing.
Google One will also allow for sharing the plan with up to five family members.
Google One will offer plans with up to 30 TB per month, and pricing for plans larger than 2 TB will remain the same (30 TB will cost you $299.99 per month). The cloud storage service will retain its present name for all other purposes, but the user experience is set to change in a big way.
All Google One users will get 15GB of free storage like we now have, but some of the paid tiers are gaining some extra bang-for-the-buck. But that's going to change, as it will apparently replace Google Drive. It will replace the paid consumer editions of Google Drive now on offer. Over the years, we've provided people with easy, secure ways to create, store and share files online, including 15 GB of free space with every Google Account.
Google One will be rolling out to users in the USA over the coming months and will later be followed by a global expansion. If you are already subscribed to the $9.99 per month option which offers 1GB of storage, you'll get upgraded to the new 2GB option automatically.
In a blog post on Monday, the company wrote: "One of the most common requests we've received is for storage plans to be sharable within a family". You heard right: free tech support. Data costs are similar to but not identical to those of the Google data storage plans available before Google One was active.
Google's first presentation of Google One isn't direct about its future aims. The search giant adds that it will be adding more benefits to its other products over time. Read here if you'd like to know more about the differences in Scheduled Release and Rapid Release Channels.