Google Photos will no longer offer to store unlimited photos on its service. The next Google smartphones will be housed in the same boat as the other brands.
To better highlight its ecosystem of services, Google has always wanted to offer options with its Pixel smartphones.
Specialists in photography since the very first model, they benefit in particular from an unlimited sending in original quality to Google Photos, for the first generations.
Subsequently, Google has revised downwards by contenting itself with offering a temporary version of Google One with 100 GB for the purchase of one of its smartphones. After the announcement of the end of unlimited free in Google Photos, the firm takes stock of the benefits for its Pixels.
A special situation for Pixels
Google first clarified what will happen to Pixel smartphones already on the market. The first generation will continue to have the right to free and unlimited storage in original quality.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 will be entitled to unlimited storage in original quality respectively until January 16, 2021 and January 31, 2022. After this date, photos and videos will still be stored in unlimited, but in high quality only.
Pixel 3a through Pixel 5 will be entitled to unlimited high-quality storage. Note that this only concerns photos and videos captured from the Pixel smartphone.
If you own a Pixel 5 or older Pixel, nothing changes when it comes to your current benefits and save quality options. For files imported in high quality from your Pixel 2-5 devices, you will continue to enjoy free and unlimited storage space. However, photos and videos saved in high quality from other devices after June 1, 2021 will be deducted from your Google Account storage space.
The unlimited will end with the Pixel 5
Google teams confirmed to the Android Central site that future Pixel smartphones would no longer have privileges in this area. Like all other smartphones, sending photos and videos will be deducted from the 15 GB of storage offered on the Google account. You will then have to pay a Google One subscription to extend this storage.
With this policy change, the next Pixels will therefore lose one of their decisive advantages.