Last week, Google has launched its new photo-management service, named simply and accurately Google Photos. Obviously, it has received an abundance of mixed reviews these last few days, precisely because of the nature of its services. The new service offers its users unlimited storage space for their photographs and videos, regardless of their resolution and it even sorts all the data into precise categories.
The good reviews came from those who saw the use of placing their immense stock of photos that have been taken along the years and forgotten on some external hard drive for storage, on an accessible platform that even does them the courtesy of storing them. All they had to do was to leave their computers open for one night for their hundred of GB of photographs could be uploaded into Google Photos.
And then they were done. Google had stored their pictures so accurately that it was unbelievable that years and years of pictures from so many different occasions were now neatly stocked into several categories, according to the people and things in the photos.
Google Photos automatically filters the pictures and stores them into categories like: “People”, “Animals” and “Things”, that afterwords can be divided into specifics, like “Dog”, “Cat”, “Parrot” for the “Animal” folder and so on. The photo-management system used advanced photograph recognition of an enormous amount of things and places, which then constitute keywords.
Therefore, you can search for a specific picture that you want to find by using keywords that would help pin it down. It’s like an overnight database for your pictures that offers you an immense variety of sorting patterns and that will immediately render you the information you need.
Some have compared the revolutionizing concept that Google Photos offers to photo-managing to how Gmail has completely changed the face of e-mail services when it offered its users 1 full GB of e-mail storage space at a time when all of its competitors were offering space in terms of MB.
This would entail that Google Photos has quite some serious chances of becoming a household name when it comes to managing the pictures that have been taken along the years and family photo albums.
As for the not so good reviews, these are centered on the fact that uploading all of your photograph history to the Cloud will put you in an unsafe position, as you would basically be giving up an extensive amount of information about yourself, that the Government and many other third-party entities could access rather easily.
The people behind these reviews view those dusty external hard drives as much safer options, given the current state of internet security. However, even they had almost nothing to comment about the program itself, which offers a pretty attractive deal.
The only downside to Google Photos that everybody appears to have pointed out was its connection to Google Plus, which is Google’s unpopular version of Facebook. Apparently, the photographs that are uploaded into the photo-managing service are then shared with Google Plus friends and nobody seems to be happy about that.
Further reviews of the service are expected to come in the following weeks, but Google’s photo-management service has all the chances of becoming a huge success among photography aficionados, who want to save up the time they would have otherwise had to spend ordering their thousands and thousands of photos.
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