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Google Photos

Google Photos
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Web address photos.google.com
Type of site
Photo sharing
Launched May 28, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-05-28)
Current status Online

Google Photos is a photograph and video sharing and storage service by Google. It was announced in May 2015 and spun out from Google+, the company's social network. The Verge wrote that the standalone service made Google a competitor in the photo storage market.

Service

Google Photos is a photo and video sharing and storage service by Google. Its core features were previously embedded within Google+, the company's social network. The new Google Photos includes unlimited photo and video storage, and apps for Android, iOS, and the browser. The unlimited storage supports images up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p in resolution. Larger files use Google Drive storage space. The service analyzes and organizes images into groups and can identify features such as beaches, skylines, or "snowstorms in Toronto".[1] It can also group faces as they age. Recipients of shared images can view web galleries without needing to download the app.[1] Users can swipe their fingers across the screen to adjust the service's photo editing settings, as opposed to using sliders.[2]

History

Google Photos is the standalone successor to the photo features in Google+, the company's social network. Google launched the social network to compete with Facebook features, but the service never became as popular. Facebook remained the Internet's preferred website for photo sharing. Google+, however, offered photo storage and organization tools that surpassed Facebook's in power, though Google+ lacked the user base to use it.[2] The Verge praised the Google+ photos features, especially in comparison with other online photo services. They highlighted a tool that repackaged photo bursts and videos. Google spun the Google+ feature out into the standalone Google Photos service, which they announced at the company's May 2015 I/O event.[2]

Reception

The Verge described the May 2015 release as evidence that Google is spinning out the best features of their social network Google+. The website added that the social network's photo storage was "always excellent", and that the release made Google a major competitor in the photo storage market.[1] The service's strategy, they said, was to put all data on Google's services so that it can be accessed universally. With this move, The Verge wrote that the idea of paying for photo storage has become obsolete.[2]

The Verge noted the service's speed and intelligence, especially in its ability to sort unorganized photos. The service's photo loading times and search speeds impressed The Verge‍‍ '​‍s reviewer, as did the simple photo editing tools.[2] The Verge also compared the service's new image analysis to technology unveiled by Flickr earlier in the same month.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Kastrenakes, Jacob (May 28, 2015). "Google announces unlimited picture and video storage with new Photos app". The Verge. Vox Media. Archived from the original on May 28, 2015. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Lowensohn, Josh (May 28, 2015). "Hands-on with Google's new Photos service". The Verge. Vox Media. Archived from the original on May 28, 2015. Retrieved May 28, 2015. 

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