What do you want to know
- Google One has reached a major milestone, with over 100 million paying subscribers.
- The move underscores Google’s strategy to lure users away from its free plans, reducing free storage offerings in recent years.
- Coincidentally, Google One’s subscriber count matches that of YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, both of which surpass the remarkable 100 million user mark.
Google One has just reached a milestone with over 100 million paying subscribers.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, announced the milestone on X (formerly Twitter). It also hinted that it would capitalize on this success by introducing the new Google One AI Premium plan.
We have just passed 100 million Google One subscribers! Looking forward to continuing this momentum with our new AI Premium plan (launched yesterday) offering AI features like Gemini Advanced, as well as Gemini in Gmail, Docs and more to come. https://t.co/m7zAVop7P6 pic.twitter.com/sMdwJeq0iUFebruary 9, 2024
Since its launch in May 2018, the cloud storage subscription service has offered users additional storage for Google services such as Photos, Google Drive and Gmail. Plus, it adds a few extras, like a VPN and dark web monitoring.
Reaching this milestone highlights Google’s desire to move users away from its free plans. Over the past few years, the company has scaled back its free storage benefits, most notably in 2021 when unlimited storage for Google Photos was discontinued.
Now every Google account gets a 15GB gift, but that’s the total for everything. So if you’re loading Google Photos memories or stacking Google Drive documents, that 15GB may fill up faster than you think.
Google One plans start at just $1.99 per month, giving you 100GB of storage. If you fancy it, drop $9.99 for a whopping 2TB.
But Google hasn’t finished spoiling you. The search giant just launched the Google One “AI Premium” plan at $19.99 per month, packed with AI tricks. This upgrade incorporates AI features like composing emails in Gmail, formatting your slides, and enhancing sheets with data visualizations.
If you opt for a plan with 5TB or more of storage, you get these AI Premium benefits for free until July 31, 2024.
Google One reaching this subscriber milestone aligns perfectly with YouTube Music and YouTube Premium which recently crossed the same impressive 100 million user mark.