Since Google revealed the first pixel, those who purchased a phone from the company can expect free photo & video storage in complete resolution, at least for a number of years. For pixels 4, it seems, you will not have that option.

On its 15th October event, Google made no mention of high-quality storage and a visit to the product page of Pixel 4 included a disclaimer stating that free storage is restricted to "high quality" or "compressed or resized" photos and videos. What caused the apparent turnaround is not certain. We requested a comment from Google.

Whether you're purchasing a Pixel 4, particularly if you already pay for more space on Google, this isn't really a deal breaker, but it's certainly just not what you hoped to hear if you're a pixel tot artist.

You must either pay extra (unless you live 15 GB off) or agree that when you get Google Photos your snapshots will lose little luster. If there's a warmth, so Google clearly has more faith in a pixel line— it doesn't think the deal with cloud storage and similar benefits should be sweetened.