Google has officially announced its Photos service with unlimited free storage for photos and videos at the Google I/O developer conference. The Photos service is now available for Web, Android and iOS devices.
Google Photos service will now allow users to store images of up to 16 MP at full resolution. Photos taken in higher resolutions will be compressed, but Google says the image quality wont be affected. Videos will be stored for free up to 1080p. Users with paid Google Drive accounts can store photos and videos in full resolution. Google Photos includes a new feature which allows users to press and drag on the screen to select multiple photos and share them on popular social networking sites like Facebook, etc. There is a "Get a link" option that groups all the images into one Web link. The service automatically groups images of the same person over time as well as allows users to search for images.
A new Photos Assistant will help users in creating movies, animations, collages or other items with just a touch of a button. The service also suggests ideas for grouping videos or photos together. Users can also group photos by days, months or years. Google Photos syncs across all devices instantly. Google Photos director Anil Sabharwal says Google Photos will create, "an entirely new experience from the ground up that will serve as a private and safe place for all images and videos. It can easily organize content as well as make it easy to share."
This officially separates Google Photos from the internet giants social networking site Google Plus. Google Vice President of Products Bradley Horowitz stated that Google Plus is now positioned as a place where users can connect. Horowitz says Plus “connects people around shared interest and passions”. He added that Google Plus communities have over one million joins a day. Rumors about Google shutting the ailing social network have been making the rounds for a while now. However, Horowitz says the Google Plus will receive the “same level of product diligence” as other services he oversees.
Source: Google Blog