Google is cutting its losses and effectively kills off Google+ Photos, the photo sharing feature of its social media platform, Google+, all so that its new Google Photos app can thrive.
Since Google+ is one of Google’s biggest disappointments anyway, cutting off one of its features does not exactly come with alarming consequences. The social media platform that was supposed to be Facebook main contender has somehow managed to fall through the digital cracks and has essentially sunk into oblivion. Despite the record user base that Google has gathered, Google+ has crashed and burned.
Therefore, Google’s latest photo sharing app, Google Photos has to work so that Google can save face in this in sector. And since the app has already received some bad publicly, due to the fact that it is particularly tricky to stop Google from uploading a user’s pictures onto the cloud after the program has been uninstalled, the media mogul has decided to bring out the big guns and kindly direct users towards its new app.
By eliminating the photo sharing feature included in Google+, the company has basically given Google users only one choice for their picture storing purposes. The old feature of the social media platform is set to close up shop on August 1st. The first to go will be the Android app, followed closely by the desktop version and the iOS one.
It remains to be seen if this desperate measure will ensure that Google Photos meets its expected success rates among photography aficionados. On the other hand, it is quite a low risk, considering that Google+ has such little influence in the media world. Thus, a missing feature on the platform will certainly be no tragedy for users.
Google’s official explanation for the drastic change was that they want to “ensure everyone has the best photos experience we can deliver.”, but the scent of desperation can be easily felt from quite a sizable distance.
All in all, Google Photos is definitely a more useful photo sharing service than the Google+ feature and even than Google’s contenders, as it brings some amazing improvements to this field. Firstly, it offers unlimited storage space, due to its collaboration to the Cloud, which is extremely useful, because users never have to think about overloading the service.
Secondly, it automatically does one of the most tedious tasks that every photo enthusiast out there clearly dreads, namely filing. It uses a state of the art image recognition software that can identify the elements that are present in the pictures that the user uploads into the system, so that properly labels them according to the criteria of your choosing.
The pictures could be filed by keyword, by date or by other personalized criteria assigned by the user, but it is extremely useful to have the app put everything in order, so that your desired pictures be only one search word away at all times. As soon as new pictures are taken, they get automatically stored and filed accordingly.
Judging by all the amazing features it has, Google Photos should have become the number one photo sharing app, but it seems that its first weeks are not going so well, since Google is so intent on directing users straight to it.
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