Picasa Considers Google+ Users Special: Instant Upload Photos & Videos Do Not Count Against Free Storage Limit

One of the Google+ Android app features I highlighted earlier this week is its ability to auto-upload photos (Instant Upload).

Google+ for Android App: Auto Photo Uploads, Groups Messaging. Gigantic Memory Chewing App

Digital photo files tend to be large. And, even if the Google+ Android app reduces the resolution and file size during the upload process, a lot of slightly smaller files can still add up to a lot of space. For example, although I use a number of phones, my iPhone 4 is the phone I use most to take photographs. After slightly more than a year of use, my 1779 photos take up 5GB of storage space. Now imagine if someone used their Android phone with Google+ to auto-upload every single photo over the span of a year. And, imagine if that person takes even more photos than I do with a phone. And, then consider Google Picasa Web Album’s 1GB free storage limit for photos and videos.

ReadWriteWeb, however, says that Google+ Android app users need not worry.

Thanks to Google Plus, Picasa Gets Unlimited Storage for Photos & Videos, Also Better Tagging

The article points to the Picasa and Picasa Web Albums Help page that says:

If you’ve signed up for Google+

Free storage limits

Photos up to 2048 x 2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won’t count towards your free storage.

Automatic resizing

All photos uploaded in Google+ will be automatically resized to 2048 pixels (on their longest edge) and won’t count towards your free storage quota.

All photos uploaded to Picasa Web Albums over the free size limit will count towards your 1 GB of free storage. When you reach your storage limit, any new photos you upload to Picasa Web larger than the free size limit will be automatically resized to 2048 pixels (on their longest edge).