For over 5 years, Google has been encouraging users to store their photos on Google Drive in its proprietary high-quality compressed mode, allowing them to upload an unlimited number of photos to Google Drive and keep their phone storage available. when deleting the originals. .
Google’s Anil Sabharwal promised that high-quality storage offers “nearly identical visual quality” compared to his original photos.
Recently, 4 trillion photos later, Google, however, began to turn off the tap on unlimited uploads to Google Drive, and users were asked to pay if they use more than 15 GB as of June 1, 2021.
Since Google has a financial incentive for users to use their storage and hit their storage limit, high-quality storage is suddenly not good enough for Google anymore.
In an email sent to Google Photo users announcing its new premium photo editing features, Google also suggested that users switch from high quality to original quality uploads or risk damaging their photos.
They note that original quality photos retain most of the detail and allow you to zoom in, crop, and print photos with less pixelation.
The email includes the following sample photo that demonstrates exactly how detrimental “high quality” compression is:
Suffice to say, if high-quality compressed mode is as bad as Google suggested, the company just destroyed the memory of a billion Android users.
However, Google is most likely insincere on both ends: they shouldn’t have made exaggerated promises about unlimited high-quality storage in 2015 and they shouldn’t scare users into upgrading to paid plans with little comparison images realistic in 2021.
As a reminder, for Samsung Android users, the Office 365 subscription offers the ultimate value, offering 1 TB of storage plus access to a broad set of applications and services on both desktop and mobile devices for a monthly fee. low, with the same benefits of timing. with the gallery app on both desktop and mobile.
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