If users want more than Google’s default storage limit of 15GB, they have to pony up cash for a monthly subscription. Now, those plans are getting cheaper, and Google is letting users share their spare Drive space with other family members (this doesn’t mean that free users get to pool their limit — only paying users can share their storage). In the US, 100GB of space will now cost $1.99 in the US, and a 200GB plan will cost $2.99. The paid Google Drive storage will now be brought under a service branded as ‘Google One’, these changes roll out globally over the next few months.
The 100GB price cut brings the US price in line with its Indian equivalent, but until One rolls out in India, there’s no word whether India will also see a price cut, or will just see the addition of the 200GB plan. The 2TB plan, which costs ₹1300 in India, is cut by half in Google One’s announced dollar pricing, $9.99.
Customer care and shareability
G Suite users, who already pay Google for storage and Google Apps, will not have access to Google One. Meanwhile, consumers who have purchased just Drive storage (which doesn’t come with the added frill of a custom domain email address, among other things) will be able to share the storage space with five other family members.
Google is also inching towards refining its device ecosystem here — Google One will have its own app with which users can get instant support for Google hardware like its Google Home and Pixel phones. That app will also be separate from users’ own personal Google Drive storage. Google has said that it will throw in Play Store credits to sweeten the deal, which can be used to buy movies, apps, and books on the Play Store, and also doubles up as a payment method for some app-based subscriptions. Consumers who already pay for extra Drive storage will be automatically upgraded to Google One in the coming months.