Google is taking advantage of the fact the amount of data people store online is soaring.
Gone is the unlimited full resolution photo storage that was offered with the Google Pixel 3 last year. It was one of the compelling reasons to purchase the Pixel 3.
Google’s flagship, and very expensive Pixel 4 phone that was released last week, is available with either 64GB or 128GB of storage. That’s not much for a flagship compared to other offers.
The Pixel 4, in Canada, starts at CDN$1000. The Pixel 4 XL (with larger screen and battery) with 128GB of storage is CDN$1260. But the Pixel 4 phones do not come with unlimited storage of photos at full resolution. This forces customers towards Google’s cloud storage option, Google One. The iPhone 11 also starts at 64GB storage, but is available with up to 256GB of onboard storage.
Google has whittled down free cloud storage offers in recent months. Gone also is the 100GB of free online storage offer when purchasing a new Chromebook. This is forcing customers towards paid online subscription options, such as Google One.
Google One starts at $2/month or $20/annually for 100GB.
To be fair, Apple has been doing this for years with iCloud. Some analysts, including Bloomberg’s Alistair Barr, say Google is only catching up. Wall Street might like it, but customers end up paying more.
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