23 October 2019
The interesting advantage of Google Photos unlimited storage that modern Apple iPhones got over the latest Pixel 4 is actually a “loophole” and Google has reportedly said that it’s aware of this and it will fix it soon. Calling it a “bug,” Google's spokesperson has said that the company will fix this soon, which means the unlimited storage feature will no longer be an advantage for the iPhones.
It was reported that saving images in the HEIC format allows the iPhone users to take advantage of Google Photos unlimited storage feature. And, since even compressing them would increase their size, Google saved the original quality of the photos. So, iPhones have that edge over the Pixel 4, but this is about to change since Google has itself addressed the “issue” and would fix it soon.
Saving the images in a smaller size wouldn’t have given Google Photos any problem but it appears that the company wants to put its iOS and Android users on an equal level. The HEIC file format Apple uses to save photos is more efficient than Google’s reduced “high quality” JPEG files. But still, equality matters. That loophole eliminated the need to pay for more storage when the free 15GB runs out.
Note that Google currently offers 15GB free cloud storage which, however, can be upgraded for additional storage.
Google may fix this loophole using any new update for Google Photos on iOS. Stay tuned.
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