After reports of Google planning to monetise some features of its Photos app made people unhappy, the company clarified to Engadget that the talked about ‘colour pop’ feature is going to remain free as it is. But this doesn’t mean that the reports which claimed that the Photos app version 5.18 puts the ‘colour pop’ feature’ behind a paywall are untrue.
As per the clarification, a new upgraded version of colour pop will be released that will be exclusively available for Google One subscribers. A Google spokesperson told Engadget, “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 rollout that began earlier this year, Google One members can apply the feature to even more photos of people, including those without depth information.” So, this means the feature that you are already using will continue to remain free.
Google One is basically a subscription plan that gives you more storage to use across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Every Google Account starts with 15 GB of free storage that’s shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. When you upgrade to Google One, your total storage increases to 100 GB or more depending on what plan you choose.
Meanwhile, Google also rebranded G Suite into Google Workspace to provide a more “integrated experience”. Google Workspace will be taking on Microsoft’s Fluid components– which allows users to work on Microsoft’s Office features like tables, graphics, etc outside apps. While Google Workspace is similar to G Suite, it will sell plans to users that will offer a custom email for businesses which will include tools like Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Chat, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, and more.