We've been patiently waiting for a new Google One tier, reportedly on the way but limited to T-Mobile customers for some reason. But surprise: the service just started offering a new tier ... at ten times the storage. The new 5TB cloud storage option costs $25 a month, slotting in well between the 2TB and 10TB plans.
T-Mobile is in some hot water at the moment. Would discounted cloud storage distract you from the service's fourth major security breach in four years? No? Well, it's coming anyway, according to a recent leak — though you might have to wait just a bit longer to get it.
No one wants to be without all their photos or files while out and about, and that's why cloud storage is so essential. Not only does it back up all of your data in case of emergency, but it also leaves space on your phone for locally downloaded content, like offline playlists and your favorite games. Google includes an allotment of cloud storage for free with every account, but if you're willing to shell out a few bucks a month, that space expands pretty quickly.
Whether it's photos, apps, or text messages, keeping your phone backed up to the cloud is one of the most important things you can do to keep your data safe. No gadget is infallible, and in the event of a major mishap that leaves your device destroyed or unable to turn on, you always want to make sure as much as possible is secure. Google is giving a big boost to its backup software for Android, overwriting the current system with a new "Backup by Google One" interface.
It's been 6 months since NASA's selfie-capable Perseverance rover hit the iron oxide floor of Mars. "Percy," as some affectionately call the bot, has been exceptionally useful in that short span despite only trekking just under one-and-a-quarter miles of surface. It's also taken more than 125,000 captivating pictures during its stay. Some of them made the creative folks at Google wonder "what if Perseverance had a Google Photos account?"
Arlo's security cameras are getting more popular thanks to wide availability and simplicity. And the company is embracing that simplicity with its latest change to its cloud subscription plans. Some people will like the expansions since they offer recording for more cameras. But if you're particularly worried about emergency services, you might be paying a little more.
It's been a few months since Google declared the upcoming death of its Backup and Sync client for Drive, a move generally seen by users everywhere as "a relief." At the time, a new app was announced, combining the best of the consumer and enterprise-level desktop services into one platform. The first signs of that fresh service are starting to arrive, though not everyone can gain access just yet.
When we were looking at alternatives to Google Photos last month, Microsoft's OneDrive was a no-brainer option for those already paying for Microsoft 365. However, as Manuel noted in his deep dive, the service lacked any editing tools, making it cumbersome to perform even simple actions like cropping. Fortunately, that's changing as the company is now rolling out a suite of editing tools for the Web and Android (version 6.0+).
Amazon has been incentivizing Prime members to use Amazon Photos as their cloud storage service of choice with occasionally offering gifts of on-site credit when they upload their first picture or video. The company is taking this Prime Day (and the week following) to push another promo, offering $15 if you download the Amazon Photos app and give it a try.
We're about a week away from Google Photos turning off its most popular and unique selling point. Almost every user will soon lose out on unlimited backups and will either need to use up their existing cloud storage space or pay up for extra. As we approach this big change, there are a few smaller changes to look out for.