Google to fix 'bug' that allows iPhone users to save full quality images in Photos for free

Google had announced that the Pixel 4 lineup will not come with unlimited original-quality storage.

We recently learnt two important things about the Pixel 4: It's not coming to India and it does not let you save free original quality backups to Google Photos. Was that upsetting? Of course. Can this get worse? Sort of, yes!

It has been found that all this while iPhone users have been saving images in original quality on Google Photos without paying for more storage after they run out of their 15 GB storage.

The Soli chip uses a 60 GHz frequency band that's not allowed for public use in India.

The Soli chip uses a 60 GHz frequency band that's not allowed for public use in India.

A Reddit user, stephenvsawyer brought this to notice. According to him, Apple uses HEIC file format so that the images clicked by an iPhone are more "smaller and efficient than JPEG" images and hence Google doesn't need to compress these files.

As reported by Android Police, Google spokesperson has said that this is a "bug" that will be fixed soon. As per the report, Samsung users also have the advantage as they also have HEIC format images.

Although, the report does not mention how it will fix it but it is being speculated that soon these HEIC images might be converted into JPEG format like any other smartphone clicked images are.

There is a possibility that Google might not opt for the above-mentioned way to sort this out but start charging for HEIC images as well as soon as they exceed the 15 GB storage limit.

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