Google curtails free photo storage and pushes users to buy space

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Google will start limiting how many high tech pictures users can store on the company’s cloud backup agency beginning next June, it announced Wednesday, in a move which could help protect profit margins.

“Growing demand for storage” means Google Photos can no longer honour a years-old coverage of unlimited capacity for high quality pictures, the company said in a blog post. Storage of pictures, along with documents in Google’s document editing services, will instead be capped in a combined total of 15 gigabytes.

“Original quality” pictures, or incredibly high-resolution copies, were the only ones to previously count against the limit. Google’s plans for additional storage, dubbed Google One, begin a 2 a month.

More than 1 billion people use Google Photos each month, but the company estimated fewer than 20 percent of them are going to want to upgrade for additional storage in the subsequent 3 years.

Google has confronted eroding profits in recent years since it invests heavily in cloud storage systems without experiencing a related growth in revenue. However, the company this season has been planning to close the gap by correcting perks of its Google One offering to draw additional earnings.

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