At the ongoing Google I/O 2015 developer conference, the search giant finally announced that it is separating the Photos from Google+ and introducing it as a standalone service. Google Photos isn’t just spin off from Google+, but it comes with several new features as well as unlimited cloud storage support, which are expected to entice the consumers to move from Flickr, Dropbox or Amazon to Google’s new offering.
The Google Photos service is accompanied by the release of the refreshed Photos app for Android (and iOS). Photos will continue to be main imaging app on Nexus and other Android devices, which don’t come with AOSP Gallery app or OEM-developed gallery replacements.
According to Google, Photos service will be available beginning today at photos.google.com and it will not only store images, but also videos.
Here is quick look at the highlights of Google Photos:
- Backup and store unlimited, high-quality photos and videos, for free (upto 16MP for photos, and 1080p for videos)
- Better organization, no need to tag or create albums
- Enhanced search
- One tap instant adjustments to make images better
- Create your own collages, animations, movies with soundtracks, and more
- Assistant view: Get suggestions to make things with your images and videos, such as a collage or a story based on a recent trip you took
- Link to share: In addition to the usual sharing support, Photos will also let you create links for selected images and share them with others, who can view them without any login or app
- Drag for select support
Update: Google Photos app is now live in Google Play.