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Google I/O 2015: New Photos app offers unlimited photo and video storage

 

The Photos App from Google, which was so far integrated within Google+, is revamped and now available with some interesting features – announced Google in I/O 2015 developers conference. The revamped Photos app will be available for Android, iOS as well as the web. A magnificent feature of Google Photos is having the ability to support unlimited photos and videos. However, the image resolution is limited to 16 megapixels and video resolution is limited to 1080p videos, which is good enough for most mobile and amateur photographers out there.

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With unlimited storage for both photos and videos, Google Photos may just make every other photo storage service, which charges users after a fixed storage limit, redundant.

Google Photos will continue to use auto-backup feature and you can store all your photos and videos which can be accessed across devices. Even though it is exposed to some level of compression, Google claims that images have a print-quality resolution. You can store up to 15GB original size images for free.

To make photo search easier, Google has added a visual search feature that will let you search photos by people and places and random things that may be present in the image. For instance, you can search images which have say, ‘the skyline’ or images shot in ‘Goa’ and so on. The auto-grouping is private by default. You can also use pinch to zoom gesture to go from a single image to images by the week or month, a feature present of Apple’s Photo app as well.

The Auto-awesome feature, present in the Google+, has been carried forward to Google Photos. This will let the app create automatic interactive stories, montage movies, GIF animations from a burst of images, collages and more. You also get the option to share it or edit it or delete it. Photo editing options which were present with the previous variation of Photos will also be present on the Photos app. Editing tools like filters, adjust colors, change tone maps and so on are also available with Google Photos.

The most essential thing in the Photos app is improvements in sharing photos. The app lets you select images in a group by just swiping over them. When sharing images to friends, they will receive a web link from where they can view or download the images you share. This bypasses the need for the recipient to have the Google Photos app installed on his or her phone.

 

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