Google today announced that it will bring its VPN access to the desktop. Google One Premium subscribers with 2TB or more storage can download VPN apps for Windows and macOS. This allows users from 22 countries to hide their IPs and hide online tracking.
Google’s VPN service is being expanded, but it still has the same restrictions as iOS and Android. For example, you can only use the VPN service in one country to avoid geo-restrictions on streaming video or live sports.
Similar to Apple’s iCloud Plus VPN, Google One VPN will not allow you to assign an IP address in a different country manually. Instead, Google will assign you an IP address in the region where you are connecting. This is a popular use case for VPNs. It allows you to pretend that you are in another country, which can be used to bypass annoying content blocks.
In 2020, Google began offering VPN access for 2TB Google One cloud storage subscribers in America for an additional $9.99 per month. Since it has expanded to 22 countries, including Mexico, Canada, and Spain, this VPN service was also added to the Pixel 7 and Pixel Pro.
Google’s Pixel 7 & 7 Pro are mainly unchanged from last year’s design, which featured a prominent horizontal camera bar. However, they do have some surface-level tweaks. As a result, they look and feel just like flagship phones with large screens and glossy back panels.