Google Photos needs some money from you.
The service turns six years old and will begin earning revenue next week, when Google will begin limiting its storage for more photos. The goal is to push users past the free 15GB limit that comes with every Google account, so they will buy more storage through the “Google One” program.
Google Photos launches with two levels of photo storage: uncompressed “Original” quality, which counts for your storage usage, and compressed “High Quality” photos, which don’t count towards the limit. As of June 1, all newly uploaded photos. even compressed images will be counted towards the storage limit. Images uploaded prior to that date that are not included in the limit will not be counted. but with automatic upload It won’t be long before shutterbugs fill their online repository.
Google is adding tools to help you better manage your data under Settings. “Manage data” on websites and apps The usage estimator references past usage patterns to predict how much time you have left until you fill up your storage. A new “Review and Delete” section points out large photos and videos, screenshots, and Any images that Google considers “blur” (in my limited testing This feature looks… Very picky) This tool should be available on the web by now. and is gradually rolling out to phones. Google is also renaming the compressed “High Quality” image level to “Storage saver”, which better indicates what this setting does.
It would be nice if Google could use its machine learning magic to point out duplicate images. But the company didn’t do it here.
The Google One storage tier that Photos will highlight is the 15GB limit, which counts everything stored in your Gmail, Photos, and Google Drive. Subscribing to the Google One program will increase your storage limit on all three services. It’s especially useful for Google Drive, which, like Dropbox, lets you store what you want through cloud folders synced between your desktop computers. Google One Starter Plan costs $2 per month (or $20 per year) for 100GB of storage. You can also get 200GB ($3 per month/$30 per year), 2TB ($10 per month/ $100 per year). or 30TB ($150 per month), you can share any of these plans with up to five family members.
Google is now attracted to users. So the company has been trying to drop the free Google Photos option for a few years now. Google Pixel phone owners used to get unlimited original quality uploads. But that offer disappeared with the Pixel 4 and some older Pixels ending their unlimited upload promotion. With this new limitation, Google is giving Pixel owners unlimited rights. compress Uploading, which is a slight consolation price compared to the relatively good deals they’ve received.
Google Photos has begun locking in new editor features behind the Google One paywall. Currently, Google Photos machine learning-powered features such as vertical background blur and portrait lighting are available to subscribers. Google One or Pixel users only
About 80 percent of Google’s revenue still comes from ads. But with such a movement The company hopes to diversify the risks and attract users to earn a few dollars a month.