Future Pixels may see ‘reduced quality’ unlimited backups in Google Photos

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  • Google Photos could implement a new “Storage Saver” quality option in a future update.
  • The option will allow future Pixel users unlimited and free backups but at a reduced quality.

Unlimited image backups on Google Photos are drawing to a close next month. The change means that image storage will count towards that 15GB free cloud storage reserve regardless of quality. This isn’t really a problem for current Pixel users, as they receive unlimited backups for life. But a new APK teardown suggests that future Pixel users may be in for a slight change.

Per XDA‘s findings, Google Photos version 5.4.1 could feature a “Storage Saver” option that would allow future Pixel users access to unlimited storage but at a “slightly reduced quality.”

Considering that Pixel users currently receive lifetime high-quality backups suggest this could be a rebranded high-quality setting. However, the description in the app’s code string is interesting. It suggests there’s a chance that the Storage Saver tier will further compress image quality. It’s unclear if the string is comparing the Storage Saver tier to the “Original quality” tier, though.

Nevertheless, the APK code also suggests that future Pixels may continue to receive unlimited image storage in some capacity. There’s no luck for non-Pixel users, though. You’ll still have to purchase a Google One subscription if you max out your free 15GB of cloud storage. You can also hit up a Google Photos alternative, too.

The Storage Saver option isn’t yet available in Google Photos just yet, and there’s no word on when it may make its debut.

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