The introduction is likely to inspire individuals to sign up for Google One storage, as The Verge noted. Because of its sheer scale, Google servers actually couldn’t process all the images and videos submitted to Google Photos, but the service must be managed well.
However, Google declares on the company’s blog that everything saved before June 1, 2020, will not be counted against the free 15 GB of storage. It will count only images and videos that are saved after the date.
“In order to welcome even more of your memories and build Google Photos for the future, we are changing our unlimited high quality storage policy,” the statement reads.
The new policy is intended to alert users who have been inactive for the last two years. In that case, before subsequently deleting their results, Google will send them several alert emails about inactivity.
As a bonus for Google device buyers, it is also worth noting that images from any Pixel mobile device will not be affected by this restriction.
How much does a subscription to Google One cost?
Google One starts at just $1.99 a month for 100 GB, $2.99 a month for 200 GB, $9.99 a month for 2 TB, and the best price for a whopping 30 TB is $149.99 a month. There is an opportunity for each subscription plan to add up to 5 family members, access to Google experts, and additional member benefits.
Later on, a few new features will be rolled out. Based on its user’s average overtime uploads, Google will show a ‘personal estimation’ of how much longer storage will last. Instead of GB, to give users more ideas about the Google One plan fits them, the calculation will be calculated in time.
Google One also provides a security service for VPNs, allowing users to secure their online activities. The VPN comes on Android devices for free for certain higher-rated plans. The automated search for blurry-looking images and allowing users to delete them in just one click is another function that can come in handy.
In 2015, Google Photos was launched as a way to give everyone a private place to store all their photos and videos.’ Over time, the service has evolved and it has become a place where people securely lock their memories, but with features that make them searchable with just one click.
David Lieb, Google Photos Product Lead, announced that over 1 billion users, with 28 billion photos and videos uploaded per week, have relied on the service. There is a total of over 4 trillion pictures and videos uploaded.
Farewell, free storage. It was enjoyable while it lasted.