Google One offers a VPN service to its users, but it was limited to the United States until now.
Finally, Mountain View decided to expand to seven more countries in Europe and North America, but it is still limited to subscribers with at least 2TB in their plan.
Google is expanding the VPN service that it provides as part of its Google One subscription to seven new countries: Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, as spotted by 9to5Google.
The company started offering VPN access to 2TB Google One cloud storage subscribers in the US late last year, as a free addition to the existing $9.99 / month plan. But today’s announcement sees a marked expansion of the service.
Users with the cheapest three tiers (Free 15GB, 100GB, and 200GB) can’t get the VPN service separately; the price is actually for a 2TB plan.
While most VPN functions are pretty similar to any other platform, like protecting sensitive information with a secure private connection, it has one major drawback - users cannot choose their VPN location.
And, much like Apple’s upcoming iCloud Plus VPN service, the Google One VPN won’t enable one of the most popular uses of a VPN: accessing content from a different country or region by assigning an IP address from that area.
Rather, Google’s system will “assign you an IP address based on your current country so that websites can show you the right content for your region,” although Google notes that it still will prevent tracking to your specific city or area.
However, the newly extended Google One VPN is still only available on Android devices. Last year, Google said it would expand availability to platforms like iOS, Windows, and Mac “in the coming months,” but there’s no news on that yet.
Source - Google