Review: Google Photos is strong on search

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google To Remove Private Photo Management Feature From Google+ On August 1st.

As part of the transition to Google’s new photo hosting and sharing service, Google Photos, launched this May, users of Google’s older Picasa desktop software are now being prompted to upgrade to Google Photos Backup for saving their images to Google’s cloud storage.NEW YORK (AP) – Google’s new service for organizing and backing up images blends some of the best of what Apple and Yahoo have rolled out in recent months. Some Picasa users may have spotted this change following a recent update delivered through Google’s Software Update program, which is used to update and patch bugs in Picasa on the desktop, among other things. The photos, videos and albums that you have already posted on Google+, including the posts, comments and +1s will remain in the “Photos” tab of your profile page.

Fortunately for those who still prefer the Picasa experience, the prompt can be dismissed for now by clicking on the “No Thanks” button, which allows you to continue to use Picasa as usual. I also noticed this prompt when I tried to visit my Google+ photos page from my laptop: Your photos and videos on Google+ Photos on Android will still remain safely stored on Google Photos even if you decide not to switch. That service and its accompanying apps are older, dated in both thier look-and-feel and functionality, and don’t include some of Google Photos’ cooler tricks like its automated montage-building assistant, for example.

For months following the release of Google Photos, it still featured photo storage via Google+ Photos – the photo uploading and sharing component to its social networking service, Google+. And more recently, related to the closure of Google+ Photos, Google sent a letter to Google Apps administrators which said that they would have to enable Picasa Web Albums to continue sharing photos in Google Hangouts, after the shutdown of Google+ Photos. Back in summer 2013, Google launched a Google+ Photos application on Chromebook, but that app is being discontinued as of this week according to a note on the Chrome Web Store page and an FAQ on Google’s support site. (Actually, it no longer works as of July 21st, 2015, says Google). But at some point, it doesn’t make sense to spend the resources to maintain a dated and aging service which duplicates much of the functionality in Google’s flagship Google Photos product.

That’s likely more than enough unless you’re a professional or serious photographer, in which case Yahoo likely wouldn’t be for you because it doesn’t handle images in the higher-quality RAW format. Google was even smart enough to automatically group together photos of the same person at 2 months old and 6 years old (though it missed the ones from right after birth).

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