Google Announces Google One, Online Storage With Flexibility

Posted on May 14, 2018 by Brad Sams in Google with 36 Comments


Last week, Google held its IO conference where the company announced several new products and features but apparently, they didn’t have enough time to announce One. One is a new storage option from Google and for those who have a lot of content, it offers a decent amount of flexibility.

Google is evolving their Drive storage service with a new consumer offering that provides 100 GB for $1.99, 200 GB for $2.99, and 2 TB for $9.99 per month, while pricing for plans larger than 2TB will remain the same. (Existing 1 TB Drive plans will be upgraded to 2 TB at no extra cost.) Additionally, you will be able to share this storage with up to five family members.

Further, if you are paying for this storage, Google will also be offering ‘free’ one-tap access to Google Experts to help you with the company’s consumer products. Every iteration of Google One will include these support services which means if you have a problem with your Google account, you can now talk to an expert at the company for as little as $1.99.

The natural comparison here is to Microsoft’s OneDrive service with Office 365. The ‘Personal’ SKU of Office costs $70.00 a year (although you can find it cheaper on-sale) but that provides all of the Office apps and 1TB of online storage.

From a pure value perspective, Microsoft has the advantage here with Office 365 but there is one major problem; you can’t upgrade your storage with Office. So, if you are storing a lot of data online, Google One may be a better option for you as can dynamically change the amount of storage you are paying for each month.

Google isn’t widely available yet but you can sign-up to be notified when the service is available in your area, here.

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36 responses to “Google Announces Google One, Online Storage With Flexibility”

  1. Nicholas Kathrein

    More options are great. I think I saw they are building something like 20 + data centers around the world. The customer cloud services Google is offering are only going to grow and help us all get better services and better prices.

  2. AlexKven

    If BSkyB could sue Microsoft because they used the word "sky" in SkyDrive, then can Microsoft sue Google for calling their cloud storage service "One"?

  3. red.radar

    Neat option. Once I make the mental leap that I need cloud storage I am not certain I am held to OneDrive. iCloud and google one theoretically have platform integration benefits. Having an office suite is nice but not certain how important this is anymore. I can always use google g suite or open office or iWork. While office is the king of productivity, for Home users I am not certain that “office” is as big a deal any more especially since chrome books are doing so well In the education space


    This could get interesting


  4. irfaanwahid

    Brad.. Microsoft should soon be launching plans for more than a TB. Why? Because Google has done it.

  5. wright_is

    I use the Office 365 Home version, which is 5TB of space, for 5 accounts. Not quite as convenient, but an option if you need that much storage - I use it with my family, but I am the biggest user, with around 300GB of space used.

    Using Amazon, I think I paid just over $70 for the Home version this year.

  6. Waethorn

    "you will be able to share this storage with up to five family members."


    Does that mean that each family member gets their own storage, or it's just 2TB for all 5 family members?


    If it's just a single account, I don't really understand Google's offering here. It makes maybe a little more sense now than it did, but if you have over 5 users, for the same ~$10/mth/user you can get unlimited storage through a commercial G Suite account, along with email for your own domain. A domain costs next to nothing nowadays: less than $20 for the year for a .com, depending on domain registrar, and even that's a pretty high figure what with discount registrars popping up all over. You can even buy the domain through Google and they'll do all the DNS settings for you. Plus, you can set up a full website through Google Sites that connects to that .com address, not to mention that you also get all kinds of marketing freebies like Google Adwords credits and Google My Business support even if it's just to market a site that you're trying to monetize.


    At least now, in place of domain email you get double the storage. But if you have over 5 users, it still makes more sense just to go the G Suite Business route. You even get commercial support included.


    And FYI: you could always share your Google Drive account with other people just by using the sharing options and some simple permissions.

  7. Chris Payne

    "The ‘Personal’ SKU of Office costs $70.00 a year"


    It's actually $69.99. The pedant in me is curious why you choose to write out 4 significant digits and still chose to round up. Just say it costs $70/year.

  8. Lauren Glenn

    If Google has even fixed Google Drive, I may consider it. But why would I want this? Google Drive hasn't been good to me in the past.


    I had two PCs, one desktop and one laptop. Both had plenty of storage so I set G Drive on both and loaded files on my desktop to sync over to the laptop. When I did a properties on the folder after it said they were done, it was far less on the laptop. Everything was set as being synced. Online showed the same as less than I had on my PC. It was just random files here and there.


    Their solution at the time? Unlink and relink for G Drive and it will be fine. You know.. the "Apple III" method of fixing your PC that doesn't solve anything permanently but just fixed it for now.


    OneDrive had this tendency to cause files I removed or moved off to suddenly reappear when I was using placeholders. It still does too if you pause the sync. Apparently, if you have placeholders there and hit Pause Sync thinking you're just pausing the network traffic... it seems that you're causing the whole process to not watch what's going on either.


    I opened an account at Amazon which offered me 2TB at $9.99/mo if paid annually. But I can scale up to 20TB. If I put all my files on my Synology NAS at home, it will sync to Amazon drive for me fairly easily. The problem with Google Drive is reliability with me. They also don't fix many things if they're broken. The music uploader app still has a resolution problem where it doesn't display the window. They still don't have music duplication filtering like Apple Music does.... Sure they give you 50k music for free but chances are you'll work far too hard maintaining a good library that's not worth it and you'll go back to Apple Music where you can have Smart Playlists that Google Music doesn't.


    It's nice, but Google tends to have a history of making nice things and then just forgetting about them when something new comes along. Old bugs never get fixed and in the end, it all just seems lacking after a while.

  9. ponsaelius

    Onedrive and Office 365 is the best value. As long as you know about it as a consumer. However, consumers have their Android phone and their Android apps. The next click is buy storage. Google are right there on devices consumers use.

    • SvenJ

      In reply to ponsaelius: It is until you hit that TB of storage. Then MS doesn't even have an option. Oh, yea, you can get another subscription, invite some alter ego of yourself to be part of your family, but then the storage buckets are disconnected. If you do it via the consumer offering, you can't have two attached to file manager, so managing where what is becomes challenging.


  10. harmjr

    So next week Microsoft will announce and the week after that Amazon. Come down cloud storage prices.

  11. Daekar

    This is the only complaint I have about OneDrive at the moment - in 5 years or so, at our current rate of growth, we are going to outgrow the 1TB limit on our accounts and file management is going to become a much bigger pain. I would pay more to avoid that, but if that time closes in and Microsoft doesn't offer something more by that time we're going to have to switch to another option. Nice to see someone leading the way, even if it's a company I don't particularly trust. Here's to competition and lower cloud prices in the future!

  12. Stooks

    "From a pure value perspective, Microsoft has the advantage here with Office 365"


    Well maybe. There are millions upon millions of kids from 5 to probably 25?, now that think Google Doc's is all they need and they are probably correct.


    To these "people" Google Photos being better than anything Microsoft offers, is more important that Office 365. I work in IT and get Microsoft Office free and I rarely use it over Google docs these days. I am reminded I have it when on a rare occasions someone sends me a Word or PPT document in email and I open it.

    • lilmoe

      In reply to Stooks:

      Well, yourself and those kids will eventually move to Office when actual work is required. Happens all the time. Office is still unmatched.


      Microsoft 365 still offers better value in terms of storage (which is what this announcement is about); I pay $99 a year and I get 5 accounts, each having 1TB of storage (that can also be shared). In addition to that storage, I also get free monthly Skype minutes for each account, better email (IMO, with a better desktop client; Outlook 2016) with 50GB each, and the ability to install Office on 3 devices each.


      Better value is better value. It doesn't matter what "others" like better because they didn't need something more useful in their career yet. :P


      Google photos is a separate service and is provided free, whatever that means.


      On the other hand, Google assistant, maps, voice recognition and translate are MILES ahead of the competition.


      That being said, I personally prefer Samsung's native apps on my smartphone. Gallery and the Files app are great to manage all my photos, videos and files locally and using google or One Drive. Samsung email and calendar for my Outlook and gmail accounts (plus my work account, except in secure folder for separation, love it). Samsung's browser is miles ahead of chrome and edge on my phone, and so are their notes, music, calculator and clock apps.


      Did I mention Samsung Pay? Dammit, now I sound like a Samsung fanboy. Maybe I am, but that would completely stop if they didn't make the best hardware and most practical and feature touch smartphone software IMO. I'm also not blind to the point of remotely thinking that Samsung's services are better than Google's or Microsoft's, not even close. This is coming from a Software engineer building LoBs using Microsoft .NET and Google's Angular after cursing UWP.


      If Apple starts making a better phone than my Galaxy (lol), you'd bet I'll be jumping all over that.

      Oh, I'm connected using my home's google fiber. Damn it's fast.


      These kids you talk about need to stop being brand loyal. It'll come back to bite them hard just like it did to me, probably even worse.

      • Jeff Jones

        In reply to lilmoe: Well, yourself and those kids will eventually move to Office when actual work is required.


        Lots of work happens on secondary office suites. The instances where Microsoft Office is necessary is becoming a niche or minor category.

      • Stooks

        In reply to lilmoe:

        You missed my point....I work in IT and I use Google Doc's over MS Office. Half or more of the firms we work with use Google Doc's. They also use tools like Slack and Basecamp that integrate with Google Doc's. Why do you think Microsoft rushed out Teams and is pushing it.


        There are lots of business that don't use a single Microsoft product anymore and it is NOT hard to do.


        Microsoft destroyed Skype and IMHO it no longer has any value. Google Photos, email and Docs DO NOT count towards your storage. So the "value" for OneDrive with Office 365 drops pretty quickly when those same things (photos, email and docs) count toward you 1TB limit.

  13. Minke

    Comparing Google Drive to OneDrive isn't as simple as comparing price points for storage volume since any documents you upload to Google Drive using Google's formats don't count against your storage, and Google Photos is free storage too. That drastically reduces the amount of space taken using Google, at least for many of us. For example, if I uploaded all my photos to OneDrive it would be something like 2-300 GB of space--zero space on Google Photos.

    • jrickel96

      In reply to Minke:

      It depends on how you upload your photos. If you are a photographer and want to upload RAW files, it counts 100% against your storage. Google Photos only does not count if you let them scale the quality down. The quality is still good, but it will convert an image to lower quality for free storage. OneDrive does not change your photos at all when you upload them.


      You also surrender any royalty rights for photos you upload to Google Photos. You can still sell the royalty rights to others, but you cannot go to Google and demand recompense if they choose to use one of your photos in a national TV promotion - and they could theoretically also license it to someone else to use.


      That's ultimately the price you pay for Google Services, even if you are a business. With OneDrive, anything you upload is YOURS. It is with Google too, except Google can use it for themselves. Microsoft has a similar clause, but they are EXPLICIT in why it is there and MS limits their rights much more than Google does. Google is notorious for their loopholes. MS is explicit that they have rights to copy your stuff (which they need for redundancy) and they do maintain rights to promote the service you are using, but ONLY that service. Google puts no such limit on themselves. Google has similar clauses for business accounts. So while you do not lose the intellectual property, anything you host on Google, including documents containing company secrets, Google can use without license at their own discretion. So if KFC keeps their secret recipe in Google Docs, Google can release it to the public if they choose as a way to promote themselves. Office365 for Business and Enterprise offer more protections for companies.


      "By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services."



      • Tony Barrett

        In reply to jrickel96:

        "if you're a photographer" then you'll likely have your own methods for storing/archiving your photos anyway and won't trust them to the cloud whatever you do. Uploading RAW files would be a very painful process too.

        For the other 99.99% of the population, Google's image storage algorithm is absolutely fine, and an untrained eye wouldn't notice the difference. What Google are offering, for the price, and with Google support, is pretty special. MS just seem to keep strangling OneDrive, and are making it less and less attractive as they WANT people to sign up to Office365 in reality. As Google's business model is different, they just WANT you to store your files on their system. If you're ok with their EULA, then what's to lose. If you're not ok with it, don't use it - there are plenty of alternatives.

        • Manuth Chek

          In reply to ghostrider:
          "if you're a photographer" then you'll likely have your own methods for storing/archiving your photos anyway and won't trust them to the cloud whatever you do. Uploading RAW files would be a very painful process too.

          I just sync my (30MB each) raw files with rclone, a command line tool to copy and sync to and from many cloud storage providers. I only sync what I want, and contradicting your comment, my 10Mbps up connection still works a-ok for that. And no, I use cloud storage as a backup of my external drive, and unlike that external drive (mostly only for recent photos), it goes YEARS back. Last year alone I made over 150GB and I'm not even a pro. I won't bother setting up a NAS to deal with all those, and even if I were to, I'd still need cloud storage to back up that NAS.


          Your comment is just nonsense.

      • Stooks

        In reply to jrickel96:

        I read on another site that if you pay for this new storage they will NOT scale down the quality. Same as when you own a Pixel phone.


        OneDrive Photos is simply horrible in so many ways.

      • Chris Payne

        In reply to jrickel96:

        Oof. This right here is why I don't understand why anyone would use Google's services. The pics of my children that I upload to Google drive can be used for profit by Google to do whatever they want? No frickin way. I don't care how good of a service you provide. This is theft at worst, underhanded manipulation at best.

      • andreju

        In reply to jrickel96:

        Shut up with that already, it's a scary-sounding clause from the old Google+ Terms of Service. The current Google terms of service specify: 

        "Some of our Services allow you to upload, submit, store, send or receive content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours."


    • Atoqir

      In reply to Minke:

      You can also upload 50 000 songs to your Google Play Music library that does not count against the limit.


      And if you put your videos private you can technically put all your video content free on YouTube too.


      Thing is that Google their products are way more consumer and entertainment focused with YouTube, Play Music, Photos, Maps, Keep... while MS their products are for productivity mainly and stuff like Groove and Photos are just small side features

    • PeteB

      In reply to Minke:

      Yep OneDrive simply isn't that competitive for anyone being honest and doing a real apples to apples.


      "But Office 365" yes but the bundle gets less compelling as the younger generation grows up on GDocs. The world isn't just changing, it's already changed


    • red.radar

      In reply to Minke:


      i wonder what google may be doing with all that photo data. Imagine if they can identify faces even if they don’t know names they can identify who you associate with. Start getting geo location advertising because some random guy accidentally photographed you while he was taking a selfie. Your friends like marvel movies and google figures out you associate with a certain group from these photos and you start seeing adverts for super hero movies in the play store ...


      All that photo storage isn’t free... they are doing something with the data ...


      and what I don’t like is Google is gathering data on me without my consent. This is an open consumer vulnerability that needs addressed.




      • PeteB

        In reply to red.radar: what I don’t like is Google is gathering data on me without my consent. 

        Hope you aren't on Windows 10.

      • Waethorn

        In reply to red.radar:

        You don't have to have your name on a photo on Google Photos. This is Google we're talking about. It's easy for them to find your name just from their Facebook spider.


        Google may say they anonymize demographics information and don't sell personal data now, but eventually advertisers are going to want to have data further segregated down to regional blocks and then eventually to the household and individual. I would be more worried about your own ISP than Google. Your ISP knows EVERYTHING about what you do online, not just information about connecting ads together on some of the websites you visit. And your modem or router can leak information to your ISP.

      • Bill Russell

        In reply to red.radar:

        Yes, they sure are doing something with your data - providing you with great services that will keep you coming back!

        After all these years of all this supposed "spying" for evil purposes, I still get simple sponsored ads based on my search terms and week old ads in websites for stuff I bought or wasn't interested in a week ago. Privacy shocker!

    • irfaanwahid

      In reply to Minke:

      Functionality wise is also a bit of a pain. When I move to move large chunk of photos from OneDrive camera roll folder to other folders.. it is a pain to select individual photos which is also really slow. In my experience, it takes 3-4sec before a photo single photo is selected.

      It would have been cooler to select bunch of photos based on locations/months etc like found in other services.

      • Atoqir

        In reply to irfaanwahid:


        Well it is Microsoft. Those are consumer features so not that important.


        OneDrive work very nice for business now and storing chunks of files. But media management like photos or music are just barebones. No photo editors on iOS, Android or web. Lackluster photo management. Same goes for Groove. Editing an album title tag or album art reuploads your whole album while Google Play or iTunes iCloud Library does not. Also the apps for music are barely updated. Groove doenst even have iPhoneX support.


        The business side of OneDrive, OneNote, SharePoint, windows file uploads work very great

  14. Trickyd

    Hopefully they'll also pay some attention to the actual Google back up and sync software which chews up 30% CPU for ages after a reboot and also had to be re-linked / setup after each windows 10 feature release unlike Dropbox and OneDrive.

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