For months now we’ve been hearing that Google+ is going to be pulled apart into pieces and made into separate little apps, or at least something similar. The biggest rumor we’ve heard talked about most is Google Photos becoming its own thing as part of the Google+ tear down and today it’s no surprise that Google has officially announced that at today’s Google I/O event.
As of now, Google Photos has been announced and shown off to the world. But the question is, what all does it do and how does it work? Do I have to sign up for this new feature or will it be something that’s just given to me? How much storage do I get with it and can I buy additional storage? All of those questions we are about to answer.
Google Photos is what we currently know as Google+ Photos inside of Google+ itself. Google is pulling it out of Google+ and it will be replacing everything such as Picasa and everything else. It’s a one-stop-shop for all of your photos and even videos. There will be an app, which will be available for both Android and iOS starting today, as well as a web version. You can reach that web version here: Google Photos, however, it’s currently only a landing page until they flip the switch on it later today.
Google Photos isn’t something you will need to sign up for. In fact, the app will of course be free and will more than likely come pre-installed on all newer devices in the coming months. You will be able to download it from the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store or simply visit the link mentioned above to view it on the web.
What Does Google Photos Do For Me?
Google Photos has all sorts of great new features, but the overall experience is that it will categorize your photos into an easy to use and searchable place. Not only will it do that, but it allows you to easily share your photos with friends regardless of what apps they have or don’t have. All done via a link in which can be viewed in a browser on your computer, tablet, phone or anything else with an internet connection and a web browser.
Put all of those features together mentioned above, plus the ability to quickly and easily select multiple photos without having to do it one by one, you have something that I feel is absolutely awesome. But there’s still more. Google has announced that they are giving everyone UNLIMITED storage of their photos, FOR FREE. The only catch is that there is a cap of photos up to 16MP and videos up to 1080p. But hey, that’s not a problem for most users at this point in time and that’s likely to grow.
Organize Your Photos
Google Photos automatically organizes your memories by the people, places, and things that matter. You don’t have to tag or label any of them, and you don’t need to laboriously create albums. When you want to find a particular shot, with a simple search you can instantly find any photo; whether it’s your dog, your daughter’s birthday party, or your favorite beach in Santa Barbara. And all of this auto-grouping is private, for your eyes only. All in one app so you’re not having to pull up different apps to do different things.
The app can also help you quickly enhance photos and combine them in new ways to help you relive your life’s moments. In one tap, get instant adjustments tuned to the photo’s color, lighting, and subject to make each photo look its best. Press the “+” button to create your own collages, animations, movies with soundtracks, and more. Or you can allow Google Photos to do it for you automagically as it will do this for you from time to time.
If you swipe to the left, you’ll open the “Assistant” view, where we’ll suggest new things made with your photos and videos, such as a collage or a story based on a recent trip you took. Assistant is what used to be known as AutoAwesome from Google+. Think of it as your photo assistant that will help you make cool stories, awesome looking photos and so much more.
Share Those Google Photos; Quickly And Easily
With Google Photos, you have the choice to share your photos and videos however you want across any service you choose, from Hangouts to Instagram to Facebook or anywhere else. But even then, it’s still remarkably difficult to share a lot of photos just with friends and family and keep the ones shared with you; it usually involves a lot of downloading and re-uploading across a number of different services. Google Photos has made that easier and a lot better in my opinion.
You can now take any set of photos and videos, or any album, and simply create a link to share hundreds of photos at one time. The recipient can see what you shared without a special app or login, then immediately save the high-quality images to their own library with a single tap. No more having to upload to Dropbox, Google Drive or whatever, and no going to get a link to each photo or organize them into an album you want to share with your friends. Google Photos make it easier than ever to share those favorite photos with anyone.
If you want to share multiple images with a friend, no more clicking each photo individually before you can share them. You can long press the first photo, then drag your finger across the screen to select multiples photos all at one time. If there’s one or two photos in that group you don’t want to share, then click those to have them de-selected and then tap share to allow your friends to see your awesome Google Photos.
If you want to give Google Photos a whirl, it will be available later today across Android, iOS and the web. The links below will get you to where you want to go in finding Google Photos for your device or on the web. Remember, as of the publishing of this article, the Google Photos app isn’t available quite yet, but it will be here soon, so keep hitting that refresh button and you’ll get the awesomeness very soon!