Google Photos is one of the most successful products, which is free and also come pre-installed with any android phones. The very much reason for the app being successful was its ease of use, ai and photo/video editing. But you might have to pay for some of its editing features soon.
Google is working on monetization for the app by adding Google One Subscription Paywall to certain editing features.
Google is already testing this approach with some people right now, as you can see in the below screenshots shared by XDA’s Mishaal Rahman on Twitter:
Shortly after we published this article, a reader informed us that Google Photos' Color Pop feature is locked behind a Google One paywall. I reached out to Google for confirmation but haven't heard back yet. https://t.co/99dsMWcKe1 pic.twitter.com/NOWepbpXkH— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) November 6, 2020
The “color pop” tool, which turns the area behind a subject black and white, has always been a free editing feature of Google Photos, so it’s rather disappointing to now see it behind a paywall in these pictures. Plus it’s unclear which other editing features Google could decide to exclusively offer to its Google One subscribers.