Hot off Google’s IO developer conference, Google has announced a new app called Google Photos.
When using it on your smartphone or tablet, you can take a photo or video and then upload it to Google Photos (where it would be private by default). From there you can choose the photos that you want to share. You have the ability to search by time, location or a thing (e.g. a holiday in Mexico or a sporting event that you went to see). You can even select all of the photos in one switft motion.
Once you have done that you can share them to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or a whole host of other places. You can even get a link for the photos that you want to share. You can then copy and paste it to pretty much anywhere you can copy and paste a link.
Google Photos will allow you to store literally an unlimited amount of photos(up to 16 megapixels in resolution) or videos(up to 1080p in resolution) and it’s free.
Upon first imporessions Google Photos seems pretty impressive. You can share stuff and the recipient does not need a user name or password to see the photos being shared.
Additionally, it makes that whole experience of sharing your photos less work. It’s simple as choosing the photos you want to share, and then actually sharing them wherever you want to . Yes, it’s that simple.
Of course, if you take photos then you can use it as a way to back up literally all of your photos. This is important because if you lose your smartphone or tablet then you can download them again once you get your new one.
Incidentally, the whole sharing experience is not quite there on iOS and the Mac. This is also Google’s chance to get a leg up. Additionally you can only store up to 5GB of your stuff online(shared between your photos and your other data as well). Yes, Google has their limits for Google Photos and you do need a Google/gmail account to actually share the photos.
I’ve had a chance to play with it and on first impressions it really is super easy. Of course, uploading your photos will take time, but when you flick the switch to back them up, then they are backed up automatically without you having to do any work. The sharing is really easy as upload, choose and share. Most importantly, the fact that you can share to any service without the recipient having to have an app or an account for anything makes Google Photos a no brainer to have.