25 July 2019
Google Photos app is receiving a new update with new settings for Express backup and cellular data usage limit. Both these new features have been released for the Indian market for the time being. These are aimed at improving the user experience for users who have a slow and limited internet connection.
The Express backup option is the newest addition to the existing Original and High-Quality backup options. It is said to be capable of compressing photos up to 3MB in size. It is expected to be good enough for 6 x 8 inches physical prints of backed up photos. As for videos, the backup quality will be up to 480p with a possibility of closed captions getting lost in the process.
Google said that it released this new backup option after hearing the feedback that many users' "backup experience was at times longer and stalled because they might not always have frequent access to WiFi. In fact, we learned that over a third of people using Google Photos in India have some photos that hadn’t been backed up in over a month."
Additionally, Google App now allows users to set daily data usage cap for backups done via cellular data. It can 5MB, 10MB, 30MB or unlimited. A user can also choose WiFi Only option which will make the app take backups only when the device is connected to a WiFi connection.
Both these new Google Photos features have started to roll out in India. They should become available for everyone within this week, all you need to do is to install any update that may arrive. There are no words on whether these features will be made available in more markets.