Reportedly, Alphabet, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) could offer free unlimited storage capacity for uncompressed photos and videos on Nexus devices as speculated from the recent APK teardown of Google Photos version 1.21.
The latest APK file of the newest Google Photos version on Android contains code that hints of the possibility of free unlimited storage for Nexus users.
What Would Free Unlimited Storage Mean for Users
Presently, users can store their high-quality photos and videos on Google Photos, which comes with a free storage capacity of 15 GB. Should they wish to avail of greater capacity, they would need to pay $9.99 monthly for a storage capacity of 1 TB.
While such possibility does not necessarily change the game since Nexus handsets come with low-end cameras, it is likely to benefit the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P units because they are capable of recording 4K videos.
However, it is yet uncertain whether photos and videos taken using other devices and then transferred to Nexus devices for the sole purpose of maximizing the purported new offering will be allowed. Speculations have it that Google will impose necessary limitations to control the use of the storage space. Nonetheless, this strongly suggests the technology company’s ambitions for the subdued Nexus lineup.
Other Significant Changes on New Google Photos Update
According to the APK teardown, the updated version of Google Photos now allows users to sort album images by date (i.e. newest, oldest, and recently added). They can also sort the photos manually. This feature can be found on the Edit Album screen.
Another significant addition concerns some photo editing features. According to the codes, users may now be enabled to adjust the exposure and contrast settings of each photo. Currently, the photo adjustment options available are Color, Light, Pop, and Vignette. With the addition of Exposure and Contrast adjustment options, users can edit their photos more exactly.
The APK is safe to install, having been signed by Google. If you do not want to wait for the automatic update, you can already download and install the APK manually.