Usually, new versions of older smartphones usher in a number upgrades. But in the case of the new Google Pixel 2, there’s been a major omission – unlimited cloud storage.
When the original Google Pixel was launched, it was offered with unlimited cloud storage for photo uploads, with no apparent time limit. This was a major selling point for many snap-happy users who constantly find themselves running out of space for images.
Earlier this month, the Google Pixel 2 debuted with exactly the same feature – but there was a major caveat. Instead of receiving free image storage forever, there would be a cap of just three years.
Naturally, this had original Google Pixel owners worried. If there was a three-year cap for the Google Pixel 2, did that mean the same was true for the first Google Pixel phones?
Tech blog Android Police reached out to Google to clarify, and it turns out that while the Google Pixel 2 does have time-limited storage, the first-generation Google Pixel phones have no such limitations.
That means Google Pixel owners should still be able to take advantage of free photo storage in Google’s cloud for their entire lives – assuming they keep hold of the phone.
It’s a shame that the Google Pixel 2 wasn’t offered with a similarly long-lasting feature, but it’s no surprise given that cloud storage costs Google money. If Google is expecting to sell more Pixel phones this year, there’s every chance it offering extended cloud storage could quickly become overly costly for the company.
The Google Pixel 2 is set for release on Thursday, October 19.
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