Are you using Android but not buying Pixels? Google doesn’t care about you more and more

As of June 2021, Google Photos no longer offers free, unlimited file storage. At the same time, the company expanded its application with new functions and filters for Google One subscribers. Including those that so far could only be found on Pixels.

And I am able to accept it. In my case, Google Photos got paid but better at the same time. When the price increase is followed by a noticeable increase in quality, I have no problems with that.

Unfortunately, 4 months after the introduction of the paid plan, Google began to treat its subscribers as second-class users.

Magic Eraser can only run on Pixel 6. But is it really?

One of the most promoted new features in Pixel 6 is the feature Magic Eraserthat allows you to remove unwanted objects from your photos. The idea itself is not new, but the first tests show that Google has managed to develop an algorithm that is above average effective.

Why did other smartphones or at least previous Pixels not get this function? Google argues that the reliable operation of functions related to artificial intelligence enables proprietary Tensor chip. So the implication is about hardware limitations, but & hairsp; – & hairsp; as it turns out & hairsp; – & hairsp; there are really no big limitations.

A Google Photos APK file is circulating on the network, taken alive from a Pixel 6. It turns out that after installing the app on older and weaker phones, Magic Eraser is still running. Slower, but it works.

Not only that, some users have managed to run this feature even on non-Pixels.

Availability of features on other phones is not necessarily the case. But surely Magic Eraser works even on devices without a Tensor chip.

Here is the question: has Google not accelerated too much in favoring the new Pixels?

It is normal for a manufacturer who launches a new phone to reserve some functions only for him, so that users have an incentive to switch. This is normal and everyone else does it.

Here, however, we are dealing with a specific situation.

Firstly – Google Photos is a paid subscription service. And artificially limiting the functionality of a paid service may be perceived as quite controversial traffic.

Po drugie – Magic Eraser is officially not available even on older Google smartphones. Someone who bought a Pixel 5 a month ago and pays a Google One subscription is also treated as a second-class user.

Thirdly – Google is not only a manufacturer of smartphones, but also the creator of the operating system and service provider. And basically above all, because the overwhelming majority of smartphones on the market are devices from other brands than Pixel. The phones of Samsung, Xiaomi, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, OPPO or OnePlus are not competition for him, but a source of huge revenues.

Let’s add that Pixel 6 is available in 9 countries around the world. So many potential customers can’t buy it, even if they wanted to.

The situation in the Android world is getting unhealthy

Even the flagship and most strongly promoted feature of Android 12 – Material You – is temporarily reserved for smartphones from the Pixel line. Other manufacturers either have to choose to taste or invest in developing their own solutions that do the same.

The Google Assistant also has the greatest possibilities on Google smartphones. On devices of other brands, even the function of answering phone calls on behalf of the user is not available, although there are no technical contraindications for this.

The cooperation of producers with Google begins to boil down to the fact that they get scraps from it, from which they build the power of Android. It is not a healthy situation for them, and even less so for the clients.

If you use Android but don’t buy Pixels, Google is bothering you more and more.

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