Google recently announced that it will terminate unlimited “high-quality” backups of Google Photos from June 1, 2021. Although existing Pixel devices are not affected by this change, the new report indicates that future Pixel devices will not be able to get rid of it.
As quoted by Android Authority, Google has confirmed to Android Police and Android Central that future Google Pixel smartphones will not have free Google Photos backups. In fact, it can’t even get the infinite “high quality” options that the current pixel (up to pixel 5) will get. This completely negates the views of those who are basically inclined to buy unlimited backups.
Instead, as mentioned earlier, the company has begun to emphasize more content on its paid cloud storage Google One. If you noticed at the end of the blog post about Google Photos, it already mentioned Google One subscription.
Therefore, its price is 99.99 US dollars per year (US) / 6,500 Indian rupees (India) or 9.99 US dollars per month / ₹650 per month, and also includes a VPN service for Android (2TB plan).
That said, this confirmation basically means that if you are someone who intends to buy a future pixel device after Google Pixel 5, you need to start making cloud storage savings. If you run out of 15GB of free storage space, Google will keep reminding you.
And attract you to get extra storage space. Please note that if you leave unattended storage space within 24 months, Google may delete some content on its own.
In addition, if you follow Google’s practices over the years, you can see trends here. The first Pixel introduced unlimited “original quality” backups to Google Photos.
However, after the pixel 3a and the subsequent pixel 4, the tagline changes to “high quality” image. Ironically, the same company used “unlimited backup” as a marketing slogan before, but now says that the free 15GB it offers is enough to store three years of memory.
That being said, we do understand Google’s concerns about maintaining a sustainable App experience in the future.
And meet the crazy demand for cloud storage every day. However, it needs to find a way to attract future Pixel buyers by offering a plan similar to the Pixel 5’s “three-month Google One (100GB)”.