The update will knock the application from the present version 1.20, now available in the Play Store, to version 1.21. The new version will bring a large number of upgrades to smoothen the general experience. The Google Photos Android application will soon offer free unlimited image and video storage at the original resolution, however for 4K files, but with one caveat. This will only available to Nexus owners.
The news comes from the good people over at Android Police, who tore down the Google Photos 1.21 APK and discovered some fascinating clues of information in regards to what the upcoming update will bring to the table.
In this way, Google Photos has offered free unlimited storage but just for pictures up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p. This means 4K files are off limits with the present version if you want unlimited storage room.
Fortunately for Nexus gadget owners, this is going to change with the upcoming version, as it will no more force any restrictions to offer unlimited free storage. Storing 4K files at their original quality in the cloud is a great addition to the Google Photos application, as it allows you to save significant local storage room.
Future Nexus models will undoubtedly shake high-end cameras with 4K video recording abilities, so this Google Photos application feature will surely prove to be useful.
The APK teardown further uncovers that Google Photos 1.21 for Android will also bring a number of sorting modes to make it easier to organize your photographs. Moreover, pictures will get extra editing choices for Exposure and Contrast.
It stays unclear now when the new version 1.21 of Google Photos for Android will go live on Google Play as it doesn’t appear to be available in any region for now. In any case, Google’s APK will do the trick if you don’t mind a manual download.
Otherwise, we’ll simply need to wait until Google begins revealing the latest version of Google Photos via Google Play. With the APK already out, it should not take more than a couple days for the OTA rollout to begin.