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Google Photos might include some editing features behind a subscription paywall

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Google photos are amazing photo management as well as an editing app. This app is well known worldwide and it has put in several efforts to monetize photos. Most currently by releasing a subscription service where its customers get an option of 10 printed shots monthly.

However, now, following what the XDA Developers said and highlighted also by Android Police. They said Google might be making plans to keep back some editing quirk. Some that were formerly accessible for free for subscribers of Google One.

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That is a way to start spoiling a great service Google. Just in the code for the newest update to Google Photos, some strings visibly point to the app going in this direction:

“As a Google One member, you get access to extra editing features. Get extra editing features with a Google One membership. Unlock this feature and more with a Google One membership. Unlock more editing features and (storage_amount) of storage with a Google One membership”.

However, these are not just unseen code snippets: it looks like Google is trying out this approach already together with certain people now.

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What Google said concerning the new feature

Google told The Verge that it is not really closing the free “color pop” tool behind the paywall, but Google Photos is purely releasing a new version that can be used so many photos than ever before. Here is what the company said below:

“In Google Photos, color pop is a feature that continues to be available for anyone to use, at no cost, for photos with depth information (such as portrait mode). As a part of an ongoing launch that began earlier this year, Google One members can apply the feature to even more photos of people, including those without depth information”.

Google Photos might include some editing features behind a subscription paywall

Will all that mentioned, and apart from the features that Google Photos might place behind a subscription paywall, Google will not tell us the other editing tools as well as features that it might choose to give to its subscribers of
Google One, claiming it had “nothing to share”.

With the subscriptions (monthly) that is $1.99 monthly for 100GB of cloud storage spread over your Google services, Google One isn’t that costly. It can as well be used for Android device backups. Also, the company mentioned recently
that it is including a VPN feature for subscribers of Google One on the $9.99 monthly plan of 2TB storage.

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However, that idea that you might still have to pay a returning fee. In order to unseal all the goodies that Google Photos has to give is still a little bit annoying. I think this is the price of all those free photos storage.