18 October 2019
One of the perks that Google Pixel phones had been bringing along was the free unlimited storage on the cloud but with Pixel 4, this has completely changed. Google didn’t mention this most prominent feature like it always does during the Pixel 4 event also the product page of the phone includes a disclaimer suggesting that the free storage is limited to “high quality” photos and videos that could be "compressed or resized." This means you’re likely to deal with compressed photos like everyone else does.
While confirming directly to TheVerge, Google said that the deal isn’t available this time around. The reason behind this is untold and we are left with only guesses.
It’s reported that Google wants to push its Google One subscription service ahead and that’s why it removed the free exclusivity this time. The membership comes with 100GB of storage and Google may want the buyers to go for this option rather.
As announced during the Made by Google 2019 event, those who buy the Google Pixel 4 will get 3 months of free Google One. According to CNET, after the completion of free usage, a 100GB storage plan will cost them $2 per month.
Unlimited Storage feature for full-resolution photos had been a key asset of the Pixel phones and Google has also mocked other manufacturers while promoting this feature but not anymore.
No Unlimited original quality photo storage feature could be a huge deal-breaker for the prospective buyers who were counting it as one of the important factors in their buying checklist.