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Pixel, Pixel XL Users Couldn't Use Unlimited Google Photos Storage Due to Typo, Issue Fixed

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Pixel, Pixel XL Users Couldn't Use Unlimited Google Photos Storage Due to Typo, Issue Fixed
Highlights
  • Pixel and Pixel XL users were not enjoying unlimited storage in Photos
  • This was due to a typo in AOSP builds
  • The issue only affected users running custom AOSP-based ROMs

One of the huge advantages of buying a smartphone from the Google Pixel series was unlimited photo and video storage in Google Photos, thereby eradicating the problems of storage forever. This has been applicable on all Pixel smartphones till date - namely the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL as well. However, many users were complaining of limited storage on the Pixel and Pixel XL, especially users running custom AOSP-based ROM. However, it has been learnt that this was due to a typo, and a fix has been issued for the same.

XDA Developers senior member razorloves discovered that photos taken by the Google Camera app improperly tagged the photos as "google" instead of "Google". This casing error caused Google Photos to count against the storage limit. The build scripts of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL had the "PRODUCT_MANUFACTURER" flag in lower case "google". While this didn't affect stock ROMs, nor did it affect AOSP-based ROMs on the Pixel 2 series of smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL users were affected. Most of the custom ROMs have implemented a fix after razorloves published a fix a while back, however a fix was submitted to AOSP on July 3 and merged on July 6.

Google is currently thought to be working on bringing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL this fall, alongside the commercial release of Android P. The larger variant is expected to sport a notch display, while both the variants have rear single cameras and a fingerprint scanner also mounted at the back. Specification details are scarce at the moment, however, previous reports note that both the smartphones will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, and at least the larger variant will have a 6GB RAM. The Pixel 3 is expected to sport a 5.4-inch display, while the Pixel 3 XL is expected to sport a 6.3-inch display. Also, the Pixel 3 is tipped to measure 145.6x68.2x7.9mm, while the Pixel 3 XL is tipped to measure 158x76.6x7.9mm. The thickness increases to 8.6mm if the camera cut out is considered on both the phones.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Brilliant low-light photography
  • Fast modern processor
  • Great battery life
  • Google Assistant with localisations for India
  • Bad
  • Not very stylish or eye-catching
  • Expensive
  • No storage expansion
Display 5.50-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 12.3-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 3450mAh
OS Android 7.1
Resolution 1440x2560 pixels
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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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