Google's new storage policy came into effect on June 1 and dropped the free unlimited backup plan for Google Photos. However, someusers — including a couple of us at AP — have managed to upload several GBs of media without it occupying even an iota of our account storage. What's happening, you ask? We reached out to Google for an explanation and discovered that some Photos users are just luckier than others.
Google has been pushing a lot more functionality into Photos as of late, even after it sunset its most popular feature by far. Check your app today: if the odds are in your favor, you might see a new entry on the bottom navigation bar. Don't get too excited though, it's just a direct link to some of the app's less obvious social features.
If I were held at gunpoint and asked to surrender either my fat wallet (it's a hypothetical situation; I can take the liberty 🥲 ) or my unlocked phone, I'd choose the former. After all, who wants to risk their sensitive media being shared around the web for all the world to see? If you've been loyal to Pixels and Google Photos, you might be happy to learn that you can finally hide your media in a Locked Folder.
If you haven't been following digital picture frames (I don't blame you), it may not be immediately obvious why they still exist — when every screen you own is connected to the internet, after all, every screen you own is a potential picture frame. But modern digital frames aren't the Sharper Image novelties you're probably imagining. The Lenovo Smart Frame, for example, is a big, 21-inch screen that connects to Google Photos to seamlessly source pictures from any of your albums, and while it's got some rough edges, this thing has become one of my favorite gadgets. I just wish it were a little more affordable.
Google often seems to prefer iOS over Android, with its iOS apps getting the latest features before their counterparts on Android. But in the case of the latest Google Photos update on iPhones, things are reversed. iOS users are only now getting the new photo and video editing interface that's been available on Android since April.
It's June, and that means a few things: Nice weather, Pride Month, gardening, donut day, and the latest Pixel Feature Drop update. This month we're getting several new features: previously leaked long-exposure Night Sight videos for animated astrophotography, the debut of the Locked Folder feature for Google Photos, a new Heads Up feature for Digital Wellbeing that leaked last year to help pedestrians, Assistant-based voice controls for answering or rejecting calls, a new Gboard feature to pull details like phone numbers or URLs from bigger chunks of text in your clipboard, and an expansion of car crash detection. Recorder and Call Screen are also coming to more markets and languages, plus a set of new Pride-themed ringtones and backgrounds.
If you're sticking with Google Photos after the end of free unlimited storage, you might be happy to learn that the application is making it a little easier to doodle on your photos. The Markup tool is now getting its own dedicated tab in the editing menu.
You can spend all the time in the world framing your shots, getting your lighting just right, and capturing the perfect moment — none of which does you much good if you can't find any of these awesome pics when you need them. That's why so many of us are enamored with Google Photos, and the powerful tools it offers to search through, browse, and organize your collection of thousands upon thousands of snapshots. Last month Google teased the arrival of a newly reorganized grid to improve discovery even more, and now we're starting to see pieces of it begin to arrive.
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Big changes just rolled out to Google Photos. The service, which has since 2015 offered free photo uploads, will now count every pic you upload against your Google account storage cap. You can save photos as original quality or "high," but they both take up space. Unless you've still got a first-gen Pixel. Google pledged to offer free photo backups for life on that phone, and it's holding to that. Here's how you can use the 2016 Pixel to keep the free upload gravy train running.
At Google I/O 2021, we witnessed the biggest shakeup to Google's design language in years in the form of Material You. While it's all about personalization, rounded corners and bigger headers are also a part of the deal. We're now seeing evidence that this design philosophy will soon extend to Google's apps.