Google Photos Android app will reportedly receive a key update soon. The current version of this app, according to Google Play, is 1.20, which will be bumped to version 1.21. As it turns out, there’s an advantage for Nexus device owners.
Other than the regular update, Google has apparently added free, unlimited cloud storage for backup of photos and videos at the original image resolution to the app. However, this is applicable only to Nexus devices.
As of today, the free storage of Google can support photos up to 16-megapixel and videos up to 1080p. This clearly says Android device owners will not be able to upload 4K videos. With the upcoming Google Photos version 1.21, Nexus users will be able to save 4K videos as well. Not to forget, most high-end devices nowadays come with support for 4K video recording.
This news has been confirmed based on the APK teardown done by Android Police. However, readers should note that Google has not confirmed this report yet.
Apart from the unlimited storage, Google Photos version 1.21 will apparently bring in sorting modes specific to albums. The options are “newest first,” “oldest first” or “recently added.” To top it off, the update will also add photo editing options like Contrast and Exposure.
The Google Photos version 1.21 update is not live right now. However, it can be manually downloaded to the mobile device from Google approved APK site. The other way is to wait for the search giant to roll out the update over the air (OTA). Phone Arena says the update roll out can be expected anytime in the coming days.