When the Google Pixel 2 lineup was released a couple of weeks ago, the new phones, like the first generation, were announced to have free uploading of original quality photos to Google Photos. For those not familiar with Google Photos, original quality photos normally count against your Google Drive quota (which is leveraged by Photos) but compressed, high quality photos, don’t count against it. Normally for photos under 16MP high quality is a great option because it is pretty lossless.
After the release of the Pixel 2 phones, it was noticed that the original quality uploading for free ended in 2020. It cause a lot of confusion: What happens to my photos I’ve uploaded already? Do they get deleted? Do they get compressed? Thanks to an APK tear down by the Android Police team, we have a clearer answer.