One of the highlights of Google’s Pixel series is that they offer unlimited storage on Google Photos at original quality. With the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL though, that’s no longer the case.
Apart from original quality, Google offers users an option to upload their photos to Google Photos in high quality. In this mode, Google will compress your images to reduce the space taken by them. The difference in quality is not much but its there. Google offers unlimited storage for photos uploaded in high-quality resolution meaning they won’t count against your storage space on Google Drive. This mode is available for all smartphones and devices and its not limited just for the Pixels.
Starting with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Google is offering this same option for Pixel owners. All photos uploaded in original quality from the Pixel 4 or 4 XL will count towards your storage which is a bummer. With the Pixel 3 series, Google offered unlimited storage for original photos for three years until Jan 31, 2022.
Google is making up for it by including a three-month trial of Google One with 100GB of storage space with every Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL. However, this is not as enticing an offer as what Google offered with its previous Pixel phones. Its clear that Google wants users to subscribe to Google One and pay for storage space — a move via which it is hoping to boost the revenue generated by its services category.
Are you disappointed that Google has stopped offering unlimited original quality backup on Google Photos with the Pixel 4 series? I think it was one of the USPs of these devices and Google should have continued with it, especially since they are expensive phones and its not like the company is selling millions of them every quarter that its creating an issue for them.