Google Photos appears to be getting a ‘premium’ version, giving users access to features that are currently not yet payable. Directions appeared in a new version of the Android application.
The instructions for a paid version of Google Photos are in version 5.18 of the Android application, Android Police discovered after a teardown of the software. It contains text strings with texts such as “Get extra editing features with a Google One membership” and “Unlock this feature and more with a Google One membership”.
Although Google has not yet announced anything, certain photo editing functions seem to be linked to a subscription to One, the company’s cloud storage service. Among other things, certain filters seem to be linked to a subscription. It is also possible that this is only a test.
It’s not the only way Google is going to make money from Photos. Last month, for example, it turned out that a subscription service is being developed with which users receive a photo book every month.