Google to begin closing Google+ Photos on Aug. 1

21 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Takes the + Out of Google+ Photos.

For a time, Google touted the service as a key element in Google+, with a range of editing tools and image enhancement technologies rolled out over the years.Back at Google I/O, the company did what many thought right: it separated its excellent photos product from the Google+ social network, which was increasingly alienated from the core photo storage experience. The new app, announced in May alongside various other improvements to Google’s mobile ecosystem, has a fresh new design and self-organizing archives, as well as unlimited storage space. This was followed up a couple of months later when Google announced the Google Photos standalone app which basically acts as a photo hosting service which can backup the photos stored on your phone for free (assuming your photos are below the 16MP variety).

Google+ has been increasingly marginalized over the years — once visible on every Google service and required for many, it has largely disappeared as a product except as a blogging and sharing platform used by a small minority of Google account holders (as little as 9 percent of users have ever posted publicly, according to one group’s estimate). Users who haven’t downloaded or navigated to the new Google Photos will soon be gently prodded to do so, a process that will become more forceful as the shutdown nears. According to a recent post by the official Google+ account, Google+ Photos will be shut down come 1st of August as Google makes the official transition to Google Photos. For most, the existence of the standalone Google Photos makes Google+ Photos redundant, and perhaps a bit confusing (Example A: this post.) Alas, there are a few tricks from Google+ Photos that haven’t made it into the non-plus Google Photos app yet — things like pushing pictures to Chromecast, or support for PhotoSphere hosting.

Though it’s become a useful tool for finding like-minded communities, it doesn’t appear that’s viable enough to keep the social network standing on its own. We have previously covered everything Google Photos has to offer to everyone, and is really a great option, regardless of the platform, to backup everything up.

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