Google Nexus owners to get free unlimited photo and video storage at original quality (4K video included)

Google Nexus owners to get free unlimited photo and video storage at original quality (4K video included)
The official Google Photos Android app is about to receive an important update - from version 1.20 (this is the current one that's available on Google Play) to version 1.21.

One of the novelties that Google is including in the updated application is free, unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos at original resolution - but only for owners of Nexus devices. At the moment, free unlimited storage supports images up to 16 MP and videos up to 1080p, so, for example, you can't upload 4K videos and get unlimited storage space. But this will change with Google Photos version 1.21 - great news for current Nexus device owners, as well as for those who plan to buy future Nexus models (which will undoubtedly feature cameras with 4K video recording).

According to an APK teardown performed by Android Police, Google Photos v. 1.21 also brings several sorting modes for albums (newest / oldest first, or recently added), plus Contrast and Exposure editing options for images.

While the Google Photos v. 1.21 update doesn't seem to be live anywhere in the world, you can manually download the APK (signed by Google - thus safe to use) on your device from the first source link below. Or, of course, if you're not comfortable with manual installations, you can wait for Google to roll out the update over the air - most probably, this will happen in the coming days.

sources: APK Mirror, Android Police

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19 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Well, I have a nexus 4 lying around...

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well that's an awesome unexpected perk for my Nexus 6P. Thank you Google. I intend to take full advantage of this update.

3. KParks23

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

What happens if you own a Nexus now, and switch to something else?

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I can't see them retracting the offer, though there's nothing I can find on the matter and it is a legitimate concern.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's also using Google's Photo app. So naturally the app will know if you are using a Nexus or not.

13. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Exactly what I was thinking. I have a Nexus 6.

7. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I use multiple phones, but I have a Nexus 5 on one of my T-Mo lines. It would be great to register for the unlimited photos/video on my Nexus 5, but have it apply to my Note 4, Note 5 and S7 Edge as well. Need to research this further.

10. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Yeah, I'd hate to have to transfer my movies from the S7 to my N9 tablet just to get them to upload.

12. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I wonder if this applies only to pics/vids taken by a Nexus as well.

24. jsobotka

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

Unfortunately, it sounds like it's only what is shot with a Nexus device. This text (from AndroidPolice) is the source of the news: "With Nexus, back up all you want! Unlimited free storage for original quality photos & videos upload from your Nexus device,"

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So in other words, I would have to transfer all photos to my Nexus device and then have Google Photos upload it to the cloud form there?

16. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

You have the same phones as me minus Note 5. Good taste lol

9. blueghost211

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

My infinite stash of memes thanks you Google. :)

15. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Your memes are more than 16MP?

14. curiousDillan

Posts: 46; Member since: May 26, 2015

Well, now I have another reason to replace my Nexus 6 with another Nexus in the future.

18. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Wow!! That's seem great !! I hope to do that with all android phones

19. Venan

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

I have installed latest version manually via link in sources.. opened photos app and looked to settings for backup options and there are still high quality(free) or original quality(13gb remaining) options.. no unlimited original quality option so far.. i have version 1.21.0.123179094 Is there anyone who installed latest version via apk and got unlimited original storage ?

22. Shocky unregistered

Doesn't this include Pixel C?

23. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Hardly exciting...

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