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Google Drive is now 'Google One.' What's the difference?

Google Drive is now 'Google One.' What's the difference?

Google preparing to roll out a major overhaul of its cloud storage service that will up the ante against the competition in more ways than one.

Google has announced a new online storage subscription plan called Google One, which will replace the existing Drive storage program. It will also add more versatility for those who opt for the basic free account with 15 GB of storage. There will be a total of six plans with between 100 gigabytes and 30 terabytes of storage space. "This change doesn't affect G Suite business customers". Each of the members will get their own private storage as well as the other standard Google One perks. More benefits are coming over time, Google says.

Google Drive is a storage service that lets you save various files to the cloud and then access them from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

The other big change would be the ability to share storage plans with family and friends, the way Apple iCloud's 200GB and above storage plans work. After changing the UI of Gmail last month, the tech giant gave a surprising makeover to Google Drive last week.

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The company's $9.99/month 1TB storage plan, which would be obsolete in light of the 2TB plan's price cut, won't be seeing any price tweaks. So with Google One, you get one-tap access to experts for help with our consumer products and services.

Google One will be rolling out to users in the USA over the coming months and will later be followed by a global expansion. Extra benefits like credits on Google Play or deals on select hotels in Google Search are on the way to Google One customers too. It's unclear exactly what this means, but we'll likely know more soon. It is a free storage service which comes with a set amount of storage for users, but there are options for users to upgrade their storage if they need that extra space.

If you're just interested in getting more storage for the money, don't worry - you'll find some new storage choices as well.