Google Pixel 4 loses key edge

Google Pixel 4: Motion magic with Quick Gestures

By Edward Lim

The much awaited Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL smartphones were announced at Google 19 yesterday. Interestingly, Google chose to talk more about the software capabilities rather than the hardware specifications, avoiding direct comparison with other flagship smartphones.While all the enhancements point in particular to taking better photos, one subtle but very important omission was Google Photos. Instead, the announcement mentioned that the phone comes with free three-month 100GB subscription of Google One.

What this means is that original quality images will be uploaded to Google One where there’s a cap of 100GB for three months. After that, the cost is US$1.99 per month.

This makes the Google Pixel family lose one of its key edge — free unlimited original quality storage of Google Photos.

As a Google Pixel user from the first edition till my current Google Pixel 3, having the ability to have images backed up at full resolution is a BIG plus point. It’s a key differentiator between Google and everybody else.

It’s an advantage I share with others when asked about what makes the Google Pixel special. And it’s an edge that has worked well. It lets me snap happily away without having to worry about comprised image backup quality.

According to an article from The Verge, Google Pixel 3 owners continue to enjoy free storage until January 31, 2022. Guess I may have to unbox my 1TB SSD drive then.

Make no mistake, I still love the Google Pixel. With stock Android and excellent imaging software, it’s still my go-to smartphone.