Google Pictures is considered one of Android’s hottest apps, but it surely was solely a matter of time earlier than Google began on the lookout for methods to show the storage hog right into a money-making machine. A brand new teardown of Pictures 5.18 reveals that Google is considering limiting sure enhancing options to Google One members, making a paid membership the one method to entry them.

New strings contained in the app embrace prompts like “Get further enhancing options with a Google One membership” and “Unlock this characteristic and extra with a Google One membership.” What’s extra, it appears like some individuals are already working into this paywall within the wild. The Colour Pop filter, which was beforehand accessible for everybody, appears to be a part of a take a look at limiting its utilization to paid members.

Filters like Colour Pop are being examined as Google One exclusives.

It is unclear right now precisely which options and/or filters shall be positioned behind the paywall. Model 5.18 of Google Pictures additionally contains mentions of recent photograph processing choices together with Dynamic, HDR, and Vivid, in addition to new filters which may let customers alter the look of the sky with Afterglow, Ethereal, Ember, Luminous, Radiant, and Stormy choices. Hopefully if Google does find yourself rolling out paid options extra broadly, they will be new ones reasonably than ones that have been beforehand free.

We saw the launch of a new photo print subscription last month, and Google been engaged on methods to make Google One memberships extra enticing to customers, such as offering a free VPN service. Google presently lets customers retailer limitless high-quality photographs and movies within the cloud, so it is sensible that the corporate is looking for methods to assist offset the prices. Let’s simply hope that it could possibly afford to proceed retaining the important cloud storage points of Pictures free for individuals who depend on it.

Google Pictures 5.18 is available now on APK Mirror, or you’ll be able to wait to replace via the Play Retailer.


Google told Engadget in an announcement that solely an upgraded model of colour pop would require a Google One subscription, not the prevailing performance that’s already accessible. “In Google Pictures, colour pop is a characteristic that continues to be accessible for anybody to make use of, without charge, for photographs with depth data (comparable to portrait mode),” the spokesperson stated. “As part of an ongoing rollout that started earlier this yr, Google One members can apply the characteristic to much more photographs of individuals, together with these with out depth data.”

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