When the first cell phones with cameras were released back in the early to mid-2000s, digital cameras were still pretty basic (sometimes less than 1 megapixel) and often required a computer to actually get pictures off the phone itself.
Today, flagship smartphones are often equipped with powerful, high-quality image sensors in the 12-16 megapixel range, and there are a whole range of automatic, wireless solutions to back up photos. Among the best photo backup services today is Google Photos, with the promise of free high quality photo storage (up to 16 megapixels), and reasonable prices on full-resolution photo backup.
At the end of this week, a teardown of the latest update to Google Photos from Android Police teases that an even better deal could be coming for Google Nexus phone owners.
Code in the latest update shows the phrase “Unlimited free storage for original quality photos & videos uploaded from your Nexus device” showing up during part of one of the setup processes for the service. Even though the current best image sensor on a Nexus device means high quality photo backups are free, images are compressed by Google’s servers when they’re not stored in their original quality.
It’s not clear that this feature will definitely make it to users, or exactly when that might happen, but the code showing up in a public version of the app definitely points to it happening soon. The latest Nexus devices are also capable of shooting 4K video, though when backed up to Google Photos that gets scaled down to 1080p, another reason this would be a great feature for Nexus users.
For now, you can download the update when it rolls out to your device from the Google Play Store, or you might already have it on your device.