Everyone has witnessed the hype that Google attempted to raise when it released Google Plus in the middle of the rise of the social media revolution. As you have probably witnessed, Google was not entirely successful in achieving the same level of engagement that Facebook and Twitter had. In fact, the tech world has long been waiting for the social media platform to finally raise a white flag and call it quits.
You would have to admit that Google Photos was one of the key highlights of the Google Plus platform, something that Google must have also realized themselves. This is why Google Photos will finally be released as a separate app, a revamped version that will give users unlimited storage for photos and videos.
A few limits have been set however, which is not surprising at all for such an app. Photos will be limited to 16 megapixels for each image, while videos will be given a limit of 1080p. However, users will still be able to use their Google Drive storage for files with higher resolutions anyway, so it’s not really a big loss.
Google Photos will be available for Android, iOS, and web users. Google will also do what they do best by sorting all your images automatically so that they are clumped into groups. Reminiscent of Flickr’s recent update, it can group photos of landscapes and skylines together, as well as photos of people. This makes it so easy to keep track of all the photos you have and measure their relevance to your needs at specific times.
Another huge feature? Its search ability. It’s basically Google, so all you have to do is type in “swimming in Hawaii” for example, and it would show you all the water shots taken in that location.
And yes, photo sharing is also available. People you share photos to won’t even be required to download the app. Even if they haven’t downloaded and installed it yet, they will still be able to see your photos in the form of a web gallery.
Is this a smart move for Google? Definitely! This means that Google is finally making the most out of the strong points of Google Plus and will be making the lives of other apps within the photo storage niche a little bit less comfortable. After all, Google evidently knows what their strengths are, and would not even be the least bit hesitant to use them to reign supreme over the competition.