Google Nexus owners to get free unlimited photo and video storage at original quality (4K video included)
posted by Florin T. / May 27, 2016, 7:08 PM
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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What happens if you own a Nexus now, and switch to something else?
posted on May 27, 2016, 8:09 PM 2
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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.
posted on May 27, 2016, 8:41 PM 2
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Yeah, I'd hate to have to transfer my movies from the S7 to my N9 tablet just to get them to upload.
posted on May 27, 2016, 9:52 PM 1
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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,"
posted on May 31, 2016, 12:30 PM 0
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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 220.127.116.11179094 Is there anyone who installed latest version via apk and got unlimited original storage ?
posted on May 28, 2016, 8:26 AM 0
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