If you're an avid Google Drive user, the company has some interesting news for you.
Finally, Google One plans can be shared with the family. "The way you use Drive to store and share files doesn't change".
With the image size of high-quality photos increasing and the more recent arrival of 4K HDR video recording, the free storage space is unlikely to cut it forever. Google notes that you can allow up to 5 accounts to access one plan and each member will have their own private section of storage only they can use.
Google storage plans apply to multiple services across Google's cloud.
As Google did when it rolled out its early Chromecasts, One members will also be able to take advantage of discounts, from Google Play credits to hotel deals. Cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, Google, Apple, and Microsoft have led the way in providing a limited amount of free cloud storage. After today's announcement, buying online storage from Google will fall under the Google One moniker. It should be noted that the change doesn't affect G Suite business customers. With Google One, the lowest-tier paid plans start at $1.99 a month for 100GB storage.
Google will be automatically be upgrading the paid Google Drive customers to their comparable Google One plan over the coming months, so keep an eye out for that.
Notable aesthetic changes include a new Google Drive logo in the top left of the screen, a white background, an updated "New" button, and a new font for the headers. The search giant adds that it will be adding more benefits to its other products over time.
For now, Google is moving slowly, rolling out Google One in the USA over the next few months, and globally after that. Read here if you'd like to know more about the differences in Scheduled Release and Rapid Release Channels.