When Google launched Photos in 2015, the main selling point was the ability for users to have unlimited storage space for synced images. In addition to this free storage, Google Photos offers a powerful search engine (powered by Computer Vision AI) that the user can use to find an image.
And this week we learn that Google is releasing a new feature to make searching even easier. This is a new filter system that is positioned just below the search box.
As explained on the Android Police website, these filters can be used, for example, to search for pictures with specific people or just search in a specific format like selfies, videos or even screenshots.
It should be noted that Google Photos already made it possible to search for selfies or people. For example, you can enter names to find pictures that contain the named people. However, this filter system is new, with which photos can be found more intuitively.
However, according to Android Police, this new Google Photos feature doesn’t seem to be available to everyone right now.
Free and unlimited storage space is almost over!
In any case, this novelty emerges as Google prepares to end its free and unlimited storage offer. In November 2020, Google announced this change in terms of how it stores photos.
“Since many of you rely on Google Photos to store your memories, it’s important that it not only be a great product, but that it continue to meet your long-term needs. To capture even more of your memories and create the Google Photos of the future, we’re changing our policy on high quality unlimited storage. As of June 1, 2021, any new photos and videos you upload will count towards the 15GB of free storage that comes with every Google Account or additional storage that you purchase as a Google One member, ”said Shimrit Ben-Yair, Vice President for Google Photos.
Google had also stated that images stored before June 1, 2021 will not be considered under this new policy and their storage will not affect the 15 GB offered by Google.
When it no longer offers unlimited free storage space for photos, Google has to keep Photos attractive to users.