First and foremost, Google Drive reaches beyond just a cloud storage and syncing service with a very effective free storage plan. In other words, the service will allow users to create, edit, save and do some collaboration on different documents. The updates of this service will allow customers to specify any folder on the computer that they want to back up and businesses to save storage by not copying those files on local storage.
Newly released plans provide some storage upgrades which come with more reasonable prices than before. Google Drive is really highly appreciated when it comes to storage, backup, creating and file editing when you work alone or with a team.
In spite of the fact that there may be some secrets behind how to get the most out of Google Drive as well as its companion apps such as Google Photos, Docs, Sheets and Slides. However, this is truly the most effective cloud services that you can find. Moreover, this service is free of charge unless you want to have more capacity, which is over than 15GB of data.
Google updated and named the local app of Drive for customers with another name called Backup and Sync. More precisely, this app puts more ability to sync almost any files or folders located on your computer. File Stream is another app for businesses, which rolls out to G Suite accounts. This is similar to the feature named Files On-demand offered by One Drive, which will save your drive space because it will only download files stored in the cloud if you open them.
The closet rivals of Google Drive may be Microsoft One Drive and Office Max. These services are rather effective, of course, but Google Drive will provide you with more free storage. In case you take advantage of Windows and Office, One Drive integrates closely with those. Instead, Google has just been integrated with Microsoft in offline use of its productivity applications while Microsoft has eventually been able to caught up with the feature named live co-editing that used to be the strength of Google. iCloud Drive offered by Apple has also designed with file syncing and cloud storage together with the live editing for documents. Nevertheless, iCloud Drive is not as effective as offerings from Google or Microsoft. For instance, users are not able to take advantage of online versions to edit files including tracking.
Prices of the new Google One
Recently, Google has released Google One, with new price options. Google One is regarded as the reorganization of paid cloud storage plans for customers of Drive. The least expensive plan costs around 2 dollars each month for 100 GB of storage, which is maintained the same as the older version but Google One plan now increases the limitation to 2TB with the same price. What is more, current users utilizing 1TB plan will be upgraded automatically. The higher plan with 10TB will cost around 100 dollars per month, which is still the same. Currently, Google provides 15GB of free storage and this free option is still integrated into the new Google One plans. Remember that you can get storage upgrades by purchasing Android phones. For example, you can get 100GB for two years if you buy phones from LG and Asus.
Another notable feature is that Google has added one-tap access feature to support its users to share accounts with up to five family members to all Google One plans. There are other features including credits on Google Play or deals on accommodation finding in Google Search. According to some tests, not all accounts have received the update to One but some accounts have received after installing the Google One application. According to Google, Google One will be released as fast as possible in the upcoming time and users will be notified about the updates when it is available. Furthermore, the big brand also claimed that users will not see the capability to upgrade if they do not get a combination of promotional and paid storage, promotional storage or they are located outside of the United States.
When being compared, One Drive service from Microsoft provides 5GB of free storage firstly. In order to upgrade the plan, there are many options to follow, such as a 50 GB plan starting at 2 dollars per month, 1TB plan starting from 7 dollars per month and 10 dollars for a 5TB plan. The latter two options include apps for Office 365 and Office Max as well.
On the other hand, Apple provides their clients with 50GB of iCloud drive space for around 99 cents each month. 200 GB plan costs from 3 dollars and 2TB ones cost from 10 dollars. Apple has already doubled its 1TB plan to 2TB one for a one-year term before Google releases but this vendor only offers 1GB of free storage to all users. If you are a student, you will get a better deal, which is a free 200GB.
What is more, Dropbox only provides clients with 2GB of free storage while Box is more generous, with 10GB for free. However, when it comes to paid accounts, Box charges even 10 dollars per month for just 100 GB while Dropbox will offer you up to 1TB with the same price.
What to stick to your mind is that not everything will be counted to your storage limitations. Files that are created through Google Docs, Sheets or files shared with you will not be counted. Nevertheless, you can export these files to other formats. Gmail messages as well as other attachments in your mail will not count against your limit. Photos may be counted or not, depending on your uploaded choices. You can post photos to regular Drive folders or take advantage of Google Photos provision. Thanks to Photos, uploads are counted only against your limitation if you opt for Original quality. In case you choose High Resolution, your photos will be limited to 16 megapixels.