Google could add paywall to its Photos App

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Tech giant Google could be preparing to monetize its Photos app by enabling some of the editing features in the app accessible only through a paid subscription. 

Reports emerge that few app users being prompted to have a ‘Google One’ subscription to use certain features of Google’s photo management service.

Google has been reportedly working on adding premium editing features to its Photos app for the last couple of months.

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XDA Developers, a well-known online mobile software development community listed that a new update prompts users to get a Google One membership which said “As a Google One member, you get access to extra editing features.”

Another accompanied notification advertises “Unlock more editing features and {storage amount} of storage with a Google One membership.”

There has not been any update from Google on specifically which editing features on its  Photos app will be barred behind the Google One subscription. One of the users claimed that the app’s ‘Color Pop’ feature is locked behind a Google One subscription wall.

However, in its statement to the US-based technology news website, The Verge Google remarked that the feature (Color Pop) is not restricted for any users and it is offering a new version that can be used on more photos than before.

“As part of an ongoing rollout that began earlier this year, Google One members can apply the (Color Pop) feature to even more photos of people, including those without in-depth information”.

Google One subscription begins at $1.99 per month which offers 100GB of cloud storage.