Earlier this month, the Google Pixel 2 product page came with an almost unnoticeable disclaimer suggesting that the unlimited Photos storage for a lifetime isn’t really unlimited forever. This obviously created panic among Pixel users. However, now, Google has confirmed that there is no reason to fret as 2016 Pixels, as well as the recently launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will continue to receive the free unlimited original quality photo and video uploads with no time limitation.
Google confirmed to AndroidPolice that Pixel users don’t have to worry about the storage space as the company will keep its promise of supporting this feature for them for life. Last year, Google at the time of launch of the original Pixels told customers that upon buying the phone, they will also get lifetime access for storing unlimited photos in Google Photos in their original resolution and file size.
The confusion, however, stirred up when Google Pixel 2 product page mentioned that the free original-quality uploads are only offered until the end of 2020. “Free, unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel through the end of 2020, and free, unlimited high-quality storage for photos taken with Pixel afterwards,” the company had noted. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2: Even if the newest flagship doesn’t succeed, Android is still winning
After the 2020 deadline, Pixel owners are said to follow the same process that non-Pixel users have to follow with Google Photos. To recap, Pixel users get unlimited storage for photos and videos in their original quality, non-Pixel users get limited storage. In original quality users only get 15GB, but for ‘high-quality’ photos and videos there’s unlimited storage. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2 camera samples prove why it got the highest DxOMark score
For Google, photos are compressed to save space. If a user uploads a photo that is larger than 16-megapixel, it will be resized to 16-megapixel automatically. Videos higher than 1080p will be resized to high-definition 1080p. Google also notes that a video with 1080p or less will look ‘close to original’.