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Google Photos provides free unlimited storage of photos and videos

Google Photos provides free un...
Google's new photo service offers a place to store "a lifetime of memories"
Google's new photo service offers a place to store "a lifetime of memories"
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Google's new photo service offers a place to store "a lifetime of memories"
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Google's new photo service offers a place to store "a lifetime of memories"
Content is automatically organized according to people and places, without the need for manual tagging or labeling
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Content is automatically organized according to people and places, without the need for manual tagging or labeling
Google Photos will allow for storage of an unlimited number of photos and videos
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Google Photos will allow for storage of an unlimited number of photos and videos
Content is stored in an uncompressed state, meaning you won't lose any quality in the upload
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Content is stored in an uncompressed state, meaning you won't lose any quality in the upload
The new service will support resolutions up to 16 MP for photos and 1080p for videos
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The new service will support resolutions up to 16 MP for photos and 1080p for videos

Google has launched a brand new photo service at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Known simply as Google Photos, the standalone product automatically backs up user content, intelligently organizes it, and offers unlimited storage of photos and videos, free of charge.

The new service will support resolutions up to 16 MP for photos and 1080p for videos. Content is stored in an uncompressed state, meaning you won't lose any quality in the upload. Google is pitching Photos as a place to store "a lifetime of memories," and that claim may not be entirely without basis, with users able to store an unlimited number of photos and videos.

All that content is automatically organized according to people and places, without the need for manual tagging or labeling. This allows users to search for a particular shot without having to trawl through hundreds or thousands of images. The ability to quickly enhance photos is also included, allowing users to make quick adjustments to lighting, color and more with just one tap.

Content is automatically organized according to people and places, without the need for manual tagging or labeling
Content is automatically organized according to people and places, without the need for manual tagging or labeling

Users will be able to easily share content from Photos across a range of third party services including Twitter and WhatsApp. Furthermore, any group of photos or videos can be easily shared with contacts, with no need for the recipient to log in or have a specific app in order to access the content.

The best thing about Google's new Photos service? It's available later today through Android, iOS and web platforms.

Source: Google

5 comments
charizzardd
got a notification to use this jsut this morning! Didn't realize they just announced it-quite fun except there is a 15 min or 1080p or less video limute and 2040px width photo limit. Anything above this counts towards drive storage
Simon Sammut
they forgot to include the 'price' of this 'free' service. Your photos while not available to the general public, will be available to Google and their affiliates to do whatever they want (not necessarily for evil doings but still..). This would mark the beginning of the ultimate end for any notion of privacy. Any photo you upload will be in the database and can be searched on by anyone who gets access. Is this a bad thing? Yes if you want your photos to be private. Can it also be a good thing? Yes, police can catch criminals, get collective evidence etc, Scientists can extract all sorts of wonderful trends/patterns etc from the collective library depending on the sophistaction of the search tools..
Jonathan J Kim
Google shut down the Picasa Web Album. These company do not care for your photo. If it doesn't make money, they will just give you few days notice and shut it down. I hope your photo is worth something to you all.
DomainRider
@Jonathan Kim - you can still use Picasa Web Albums at picasaweb.google.com (or via the popup link in Google Photos). I don't know how long this will continue...
mgb
You cannot call it UNLIMITED if there are limits on the length of video or resolution, etc. especially when you consider that 4K videos and small cameras are starting to become popular. Also, uploading videos to the net needs decent upload bandwidth that isn't available to everyone. Try uploading a 15 min. 1080p video at 150-200 kbps!