The open bar is over. Google has animated the week, probably for the worse, with one of the worst received news of those related to its ecosystem in recent times. Google Photos ends its non-existence of limits and goes to the classic 15GB of the package that Drive leads in the cloud. Goodbye to uncontrolled uploading photos and videos to the cloud.
It will not be immediate but we already have in mind the day when it will happen. The end of May 2021 will give way to June 1, and that day Photos will no longer be unlimited. Of course, at least we will keep everything we dump in your cloud until that day and the 15GB of cap will begin to count from then on. So it’s time to be restrained or it’s time to pay. Or look for alternatives, of course. Let each user decide what their next step will be.
End to a bottomless free pit
By the time Google ends the limit of Google Photos, more than five years will have passed in which the service has been introduced more and more in our digital lives precisely thanks to the feature that is now disappearing. Photos has become essential for many users that now they see that they have to go through the box to, in addition, not obtain the same as they had before.
Because the payment plans that Google includes for Photos, and which are the same as Google One, do not include unlimited uploading either. We have 80GB of space in the lowest step for 1.99 euros per month and 30TB for 299.99 euros per month in the highest. But there is no open bar anymore, you can no longer upload everything you want whenever you want, now you should be careful.
I do not know you can criticize a company for wanting to make money, but you can for the ways
You cannot blame a company for wanting to make money with the services it offers, but perhaps the way in which they have handled this whole thing is criticized. We were not talking about the fact that before there was a test to check how well the service worked, but about an unlimitedness that did not know how long it would last. In fact, it was expected to be eternal precisely because of what was commented before, because Google already makes money with our data.
Our photographs speak of us, our tastes, where we go and what we buy, and have served, among other things, to train an artificial intelligence that, applied to the searches of the Photos itself, have made it an almost inimitable intelligence . And now, You have to pay to continue providing data and information Well, One’s payment plans do not guarantee that your data will not be used for the same as up to now. A clearly improvable maneuver.
Stay here or go elsewhere
Important decision-making now remains on the horizon for all those who, over the years, have turned Google Photos into their archive of digital memories. From photographs to videos, all housed in the same place because, we repeat it again, everything could fit in Photos. Before June it will be time to decide if we are accepting the space limitation, although Google has already posted an online tool for us to know how long it would take to finish those 15GB at our usual upload rate.
Another option would be to go to the competition to find something remotely similar to what Google has built with Photos. The most similar, perhaps, we find it in Amazon PhotosWell, here we do find unlimited uploading of images but not videos (maximum 10GB here) and included in the Amazon Prime package. That package that includes free shipping of your orders and access, for example, to Amazon Prime Video among other things. An interesting option for those who are already Prime users.
In the competition we find other alternatives such as Dropbox, which offers a free 2GB plan and then move to paid plans. Like Microsoft’s OneDrive, with 5GB free before paying, like the always questioned Mega with its 15GB or like Dubox, with 1TB of space, perhaps the most attractive option although on the horizon the idea that sooner or later it will have to be paid. Or like Flickr, one of the great forgotten for what it was and is now, which also has free space and its corresponding plans out of our pocket. Or iCloud, even if it’s limited to Apple devices.
You have to assume it. The concept « upload photos and videos to the cloud without limits » is over. Has died. Not even paying offers you an open bar.
The third option would be to do what we did before, when the cloud was not so present or was taking its first steps. Re-store our photographs locally, extracting them from our mobile and saving them on a normal hard drive or one connected to a NAS. Perhaps the most cumbersome option due to the inconvenience during the transfer of photos, and one of the most insecure due to the need for redundancy between disks so that an accident does not make us lose our library.
The big question that arises at the moment, however, is whether Google will continue to ‘touch’ its services in the future. If you have dared to cut off the Photos tap, with millions of users ‘hooked’ around the world, will the same thing happen with others like Maps? What if the doors of YouTube were closed to users who did not pay? These are services that are now paid at the expense of developers, advertising or a YouTube Premium that does not finish taking off. Who knows what will happen. After the Photos, there is the feeling that no change is impossible and no service is untouchable. We will see.