Google Photos appears to be getting a “premium” version, giving users access to features that don’t currently require payment. Clues appeared in a new version of the Android application.
The clues to a paid version of Google Photos are in version 5.18 of the Android application, discovered Android Police after a teardown of the software. It contains text strings with texts such as “Get additional editing features with a Google One membership” and “Unlock this feature and more with a Google One membership”.
Although Google itself hasn’t announced anything yet, certain photo editing features seem to be linked to a subscription to One, the company’s cloud storage service. Among other things, certain filters appear to be linked to a subscription. It’s also possible that it’s just a test
It’s not the only way Google is working to make money from Photos. Last month, for example, it was revealed that a subscription service is being used to send users a photo book each month.