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As usual, One allows subscribers to share their plan with up to five additional members, so if you do need more than 15GB of storage but not quite 100GB or more, you can split the extra storage space with your family members. That’s a nifty incentive to upgrade. Any Google user can now take advantage of the Google One phone backup feature, along with a new, free storage manager tool.
Google said it’s also planning to launch a Google One app for iOS soon, so iPhone users will also get free automatic backups. The Android app is available from the Google Play Store right now. Google introduced Google One two years ago, creating a distinct brand for the consumer version of Google Drive that included different benefits and cheaper prices for data storage. The new product made Google's consumer storage plans more competitive against options like Dropbox and Microsoft's OneDrive. Google noted that the tools will be available in the coming days for Android users through the Play Store and for iOS users through the app. Google also noted that the tool will be available for Google personal account users and not GSuite users.
Google says that the new store manager and the free phone backups features will roll out for Android users via Google Play in the coming days. Furthermore, these updates only apply to consumer accounts and will not be available for G Suite business customers. The Google One iOS app is expected to be available soon.
In addition to the free backup feature, Google is also introducing a storage manager, which will be available in both the mobile app and online. This will allow users to delete files from across the various services that One supports, including Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos, in order to free up space. You get 15GB of free storage with a Google account, and it’s $1.99/month for 100GB of data on Google One after that.
What’s innovative here?
Meanwhile, the new storage manager feature will help users understand how they're using their storage and help them free up space across Google Drive, Gmail, and Photos. The new feature will be available on the mobile app and the web.
What’s special for Indian users?
In India, three membership plans for monthly backup storage come at Rs 130, Rs 210 and Rs 650. They provide 100GB, 200GB, and 2TB storage options respectively. These plans can also be bought at an annual payment of Rs 1300, Rs 2100, and Rs 6500 respectively. The membership plans were noted by Telecom Talk. Paid memberships also bring in added benefits of sharing the membership plan with up to five additional family members, live customer care from Google, and Google Play credits.
What’re extra users get?
A membership also features premium support, Google Play credits, and Google Store member rewards. There are also hints that a subscription will be required to access premium editing features in Google Photos, but we haven’t seen that come to fruition just yet.