If you buy a Pixel 4 you won’t get unlimited uploads to Google Photos at original resolution, a previously excellent perk you got with the first Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 (the offer wasn’t extended to the Pixel 3a). Instead, you’ll simply be able to upload unlimited photos in ‘high quality’ – just the same as anyone else with any other smartphone.
On Google’s listing page for the Pixel 4, the small print reads:
“Google Photos offers free unlimited online storage for all photos and videos uploaded in high quality. Photos and videos uploaded in high quality may be compressed or resized”.
It doesn’t reference the Pixel 4 specifically as it’s not the phone giving you this benefit, but the default setting on Google Photos.
This is a real shame as aside from the excellent camera on the other Pixels, buying one got you full resolution back up for all your snaps. We’ve found we take far more photos when our phone camera is as good as a Pixel’s, so we’re going to notice. Or, as Google hopes, start paying for storage.
Anyone who buys a Pixel 4 gets a three-month free trial of Google One, its bundle subscription service for storage, services and more. Taking the decent perk away from the phones and plying buyers with a free 100GB plan shows Google trying to entice people into paying a monthly fee for storage, perhaps making up for the lower starting price of the Pixel 4 this year compared to last.
We went hands-on with the Pixel 4 here.