Today’s news in Google Photos will appeal to everyone, but not everyone will see it. This Google Photos update will only reach paying subscribers.
Today, Google Photos still provides unlimited storage for zip photos and videos for anyone who wants to use them. However, starting June 2021, the game will end and you will have to pay for the privilege by purchasing disk space in a Google One subscription, or accepting a minimal amount of 15GB. As it turns out, free users will also be excluded from some new features, including those It will go to the app now.
Everyone will love what’s new in Google Photos.
Both newcomers relate to the built-in editor. The first is about the video. Today, when we open the Google Photos video editing panel on Android, we have a really weak set of functions at our disposal. We can only export a frame, crop the video, or pin the snapshot.
For quite some time now, users of Google Photos on iOS have been able to use a number of additional functions, such as changing the frame of the shot or fine-tuning the image and auto-enhancing its quality.
Soon, these features will also be coming to Android apps with an updated interface. Google Photos users will receive an update in the coming weeks, and Apple device owners are slated to receive an updated version of the app with an Android-like interface in the coming months.
The second novelty concerns photo editing and will be available exclusively to Google One subscribers. This is a feature that will appeal to everyone – Portrait Lighting and Blur Mode, which was introduced a few months ago on Google Pixel smartphones. I wrote then that I would like to see this function in every smartphone and here it is – the function will be available on every Android smartphone from 8.0 and above with a minimum of 3 GB of RAM (it is not known if and when it will hit the iPhone) . Until now, Portrait Light mode was only available on Google smartphones, but now it will go for everyone, letting you tackle lighting and background blur with extreme precision.
In addition to the vertical lighting mode, Google One subscribers will also receive new filters built with machine learning. Including, for example, a one-touch sky-changing filter.
Let’s get used to the Google Photo Firewall.
Can’t say I was surprised by the news shutting down behind Google’s unpaid unsubscribe system. It was clear that as the company was ending its free imaging service, it would have to offer more than just data space for a monthly fee. As you can see, this “Something” is an advanced photo editor, and it’s actually so good that most users don’t need an additional app to edit the photos they take.
There is no doubt that this is just the beginning and there will be more and more features that will only be available to premium users. All this to convince us to pay for Google.