Google had recently confirmed that they will be officially ending its free, unlimited Google Photos storage service for those who choose to upload “High quality” photos. Instead, everyone will be given a 15GB limit that will come into effect on the 1st of June, 2021, although Google did clarify that Pixel 5 owners and those with older Pixel devices will be exempt to this change.
So this led to some wondering, are all past, present, and even future Pixel phones exempt? Turns out that isn’t the case. Google has since confirmed that these changes will apply to future Pixel handsets, presumably the Pixel 5a and Pixel 6 that should be arriving some time in 2021.
Google’s Pixel phones have typically gotten extra perks, where when the first Pixel phones were launched, they were given free, unlimited “Original” photos storage, although this later changed with a four year free “Original” storage plan on Google Photos, but it was still a perk nonetheless for those who love keeping higher-res photos and videos in the cloud.
Now that Google has essentially remove this perk, we have to wonder apart from a relatively stock Android experience, which many handset makers are starting to emulate, what else could Google do to make their Pixel phones more attractive in the future?