Google to Offer Rewards With New Cloud Storage Platform

Google One Cloud

A new Google service will offer you more bang for your buck when it comes to cloud storage.

On Monday, the company said its moving paid customers of Google Drive over to an upcoming platform called Google One.

As part of that change, the tech giant will offer a $9.99 per month plan that’ll get you 2TB of storage, up from a mere 1TB. The new Google One will also introduce a $2.99 plan for access to 200 GB. (Existing customer of the Google Drive 1TB plan will be upgraded to 2 TB at no extra cost.)

On top of all this, the company plans to reward you for your loyalty; through the new One platform, the tech giant plans on giving subscribers access to “extras,” like credits on Google Play or deals on select hotels found in Google Search, with more benefits to be added over time.

Google One is set to arrive in the coming months, but won’t affect G Suite business customers. “Thanks to mobile phones, and new file formats like 4K video and high-res photography, people are storing more than ever before,” wrote Google One’s vice president Pavni Diwanji in a Monday blog post.

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Google One is also introducing another highly-requested feature: storage plans that can be shared with the family. Up to five family members can be added to your account, and each will have their own private storage space, Diwanji said.They’ll also enjoy the same “extras” too.

What will happen to Google Drive? It’ll still remain as a free service, where you can upload and manage your files, a company spokeswoman told PCMag. “Google Drive itself is not changing, and the way you use Drive to store and share files doesn’t change,” she added.

The roll out will start in the US and then expand globally. You can sign up for updates on the upcoming service here. For more about cloud storage platforms, PCMag has a guide with recommendations.