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Google's new cloud service has come into effect

Google One replaces paid Google Drive, and also stores photos and email data. (Source: The Verge)
Google One replaces paid Google Drive, and also stores photos and email data. (Source: The Verge)
One is Google's new cloud-storage solution for those who formerly used services such as paid Drive. It provides a unified location for the data generated by apps such as Photos, Drive and Gmail. Google One has been absorbing Drive customers who wish to switch to it, and is now available to new customers too.

Those who have paid for increased Google Drive storage in the past have had the option to transfer their requirements to Google One. This is a new form of cloud storage subscription from the software giant. Unlike Drive, it is intended to be a more unified location for files such as photos, email backups and other types generated by Google apps. 

Like Drive, Google account users have access to 15GB of free cloud storage on Google One. However, they can increase this to 100GB for a US$1.99 payment every month. US$2.99 per month buys 200GB on Google One. There is also a maximum tier on this service, wherein US$9.99 buys 2TB on the new cloud service.

Existing paid Drive customers have had the option of switching to a Google One subscription that matches their previous storage use most closely. Alternatively, they could have started a new Google One account from scratch. Google One is also now open to brand-new customers. Google also states that round-the-clock support (an alternative to digging through the Google support forums) is also included with each subscription to One.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-08-20 (Update: 2018-08-20)