The super G hit the nail on the head: Google Photos has become essential for many users, and millions of people will surely be judging whether or not to stay from June 1.
He gave us the best of experiences managing the thousands of photos we take with our cell phones so that after time it almost forces us to pay, as if we see it as something we cannot refuse.
6 years after arrival: monetize what a gerund is
It took Google 6 years for anyone to complain, and it’s been almost very well received since June 1 the big G is getting really strict with the limitations in the storage of our photos.
When it first appeared on the Google Play Store two options were offered for the download of our memories: ‘Original quality’, without any compression so that each byte counts on the 15 GB given for free, and ‘High quality’, to infinity.
This limitless thing was a must-have song and that it sounded but very good for millions of users around the world. Added to the algorithm that organized the photos based on what it identified in each, those cool Snapseed filters and something here and there, it became the best song the ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin’ sung, in it. Google case.
Here is Google Photos from June 1st
But everything will change from June 1 when for each photo we upload to Google Photos, even compressed, count for these 15 GB of data. Data added from any apps you have associated with your Google Account.
Of course, not all captures uploaded before that date count, but we do know that a huge percentage of users who shoot Google Photos use auto upload, so it won’t take long to exceed that 15GB amount.
Of course, the big G put a new tool at our service a few days ago which allows us manage and delete photos very large, blurry ones and even screenshots.
And other obvious change: “High Quality” is renamed “Storage Saver”.
Stop at Google One
As if we were one mouse found in a box one of those where different hallways are open so that in the end it can get out or be trapped, Google One is the end of that narrow hallway.
Google’s cloud service is doing well generous in their prices, although it also has its flaws (it doesn’t have a desktop app like Dropbox). In fact, it will include featured features like this amazing editor that arrived in February of this year and is tied to a Google One subscription.
Subscribing to your cloud means will increase the amount of storage that you have for all your apps like Google Drive itself; And how curious that we will soon be able to upload images to Drive from Gmail, another of its novelties.
It’s done like that the succulent offer from Google One:
- 100 GB: 1.99 dollars per month or annual prepayment of 19.99 dollars.
- 200 GB: 2.99 dollars per month or annual prepayment of 29.99 dollars.
- 2 TB: 9.99 dollars per month or annual prepayment of 99.99 dollars.
A winning strategy from Google One is that you can share this space with up to five family members
And as you may have read in the image provided, all plans have advantages for subscribers. Among which we will find machine learning, portraits with a blurred background and special filters to perfectly justify the payment of Google One.
What’s left for the Google Pixel?
Until June 1, owners of a Google Pixel had the great advantage of being able to download unlimited number of uncompressed photos, but this beautiful story will finally end on this day.
Yes, you can download all the photos you want without limit, but the referred to as “ high quality ” or that it has some kind of compression.
In an almost dead end
The truth that the big G played his cards very well and that perfectly exposes a business model that we see more and more in the digital world.
Draw attention through an irrefutable offer, like that unlimited download of photos, and gradually improve the experience so that it becomes essential in many ways.
Ultimately we end up like that mouse that always has two options until just find one– A Google Photos with a subscription model that is very difficult to refuse.
In order to those who refuse Google Photos: download your entire gallery from Google Photos, do not miss these recommendations before evaluating your final decision, these open source alternatives, this other alternative, or even Microsoft with its OneDrive which is in vogue.