Apart from officially announcing Android M (the latest version of the Android mobile operating system) and the Android Pay mobile payment system at its I/O developer conference held in San Francisco, Google also took the opportunity to announce that it is giving its Google Photos a makeover -- specifically taking it out of Google+, and then infusing it with free unlimited storage.
This means that users can now backup their full resolution image and video files (maximum of 16MP for images; 1080p for videos) on Google's cloud absolutely free of charge. Google also stated that Google Photos is already being deployed to Android, iOS, and web users.
The free storage is really a plus for users, especially those using point and shoot cameras. Indeed, having an unlimited storage option would provide them with a means for keeping copies of the photos they have taken. This should be useful when sharing photos to other people, or when printing images on the fly.
As for those who use DSLR cameras who want to save their pictures and videos in their original sizes, they can elect to tap into their Google account's 15 gigabytes of free storage. If they need more space beyond the 15 gigabytes, they can upgrade the storage for a fee.
As mentioned earlier, Google Photos used to be just a part of Google+. But now, Google is turning it into a separate standalone entity, making it available to users from any mobile device, providing a way for consumers to safely backup or share their photos and videos from a lone location.
Whenever users take photos using their mobile devices, the images are automatically backed up to Google Photos via the new app, with the most recent photo taken displayed at the top of the gallery. Photos can be sorted by date.
The pictures are displayed just like a souped up version of the mobile device's native photo gallery. However, the images themselves are actually stored in the cloud, thereby saving storage space for smartphones and tablets. According to Google, loading times for photos are still fast, as if the pictures are saved locally in the mobile device.
Google Photos also comes with various features, including a better personalized search functionality that allows users to search for specific photos faster, as well as tools for creating collages, making videos, and even building animated GIFs. There is also a new feature that facilitates faster sharing of multiple photos at once.
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