Your Google+ photos and videos are now available in Google Drive

31 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Adds Your Videos and Photos From Google+ to Google Drive.

We’re all patiently waiting to figure out what exactly Google is going to do with its frail social network, Google+, and today’s news isn’t looking to good for it. Google has begun showing photos uploaded via Google+ in Google Drive, where they can be managed via a new Google Photos tab, or stored in folders alongside other kinds of files easily.Sundar Pichai recently said in a Forbes interview that Google was going to start focusing on the core parts of Google+ (namely, Hangouts, photos, and the Google+ stream) as being three independent areas of interest.Starting today, your photo experience on Google should become slightly less perplexing, as now, Android users can view and organize their video and photo files from Google+ (aka the Photos app) directly through Google Drive.

The inclusion of Photos and Videos in Drive is one sign that Google is moving to part out the Google+ social network into its key components, and is good news for mobile photographers. One of the first big steps towards this goal, positioning “Photos” as being its own standalone product accessible across Google services, has finally started happening today: You can now view your Google+ photos under a new “Google Photos” section in Google Drive… The announcement, via the Google Drive blog, comes following Google’s Bradley Horowitz’ announcement earlier this month that he took over Google’s “Photos and Streams products”… We take all kinds of photos, from pics of friends and family to snapshots of a scenic view. If you have auto backup turned on through your Google+ app, every photo you take should be associated with your Google+ account, meaning your cloud-stored and on-device photos can all be access through the Photos application on your phone.

Its intended to make it easier for you to use photos in your documents, but frankly, there’s probably more to the announcement happening behind the scenes. Today, all of these photos can also be managed right from Drive, which gives you one more place to share and view your photos from. “Google+ Photos will of course keep helping you store, edit and share your pics. The move to include your Google+ library in Drive likely helps make it much more accessible and useful for those who are already using Google+ as a backup destination for pics snapped on their mobile device. You’ll start seeing your photos in Drive today—immediately if they’re new, and a few weeks for your entire library—so give it a try, and let us know what you think,” Google states in a blog post.

The change follows Google’s announcement at the beginning of the month that it would be separating Google+ into different communications, streams and photos services. Putting the Photos menu in Drive and populating it with Google+ images and videos means you won’t have to change your practices to take advantage of the switch, and the feature should already be available on Android, iOS and the web. Today’s update clearly moves Google+ photos from being exclusively accessible via the company’s social network to be moreso part of your Google account as a whole. But if you want to organize all your files, all in one place, Drive is here to help.” The language in the update is a bit less convincing regarding social on iOS.

In regards to the change, Google explains that “your experience across Google should be seamless and consistent.” The announcement stops short of saying this is part of a broader effort by Google’s Bradley Horowitz to break out Google+ Photos and Google+ Streams. The company is planning a renewed focus on photos (with videos coming along for the ride), with the goal of separating Google+ Photos into its own product.

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