Google currently promises unlimited free original resolution Google Photos uploads for all Pixel 2 owners. Which is one of the selling points for the new flagship device from the internet giant. However, fine print specifies that this is only true until 2021.
As it stands, Google Photos supports both “original” and “high” resolution images and video. Original is simply whatever the resolution of the camera happens to be, and “high” is capped at 16MP photos and 1080p video. Free users are capped at 15GB of original resolution content; and everything uploaded after that’s full will be compressed down to high resolution.
Those who pick up the Pixel 2, on the other hand, will receive unlimited original resolution uploads for free. Instead of having to pay for storage like those using other phones. However, this appears to only be true for the next three years.
Google clarified the situation to Engadget with a statement:
“With Pixel 2 you get free, unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos uploaded through the end of 2020, and free, unlimited high-quality storage for photos uploaded afterwards. After 2020, there is no change to the photos you took before 2020 and you will always have access to those in original quality.
This is new for this year. We know that people tend to change their phone every 2-3 years so for Pixel 2, we are offering storage in line with that.”
It’s not an entirely big deal that the unlimited uploads to Google Photos is capped at three years. Although, it is a little misleading to hide that information in the footnotes. Especially when the Pixel 2 has the highest rate mobile camera in DxOMark history.