Google launches new Photos app with editing tools and free unlimited storage
Google is working on a new social photos app that lets users edit photos in small groups.
All of the images you save and organize in Google photos app are for your eyes only, Google product management director Anil Sabharwal said at Google I/O. But that doesn’t mean you can’t share your images when you’re ready. You can easily post those photos to social networks, or create a web gallery for friends to view and download for their own use if they’re logged in to Google.
It’s unclear what this move means for Google+, if anything, but now people who were wary of signing up for yet another social network will have access to Google’s photo storage and editing tools for free.
Google+ is beloved by photographers, both pros and amateurs, for its image-editing and storage tools, but it comes with a side of social networking that some people don’t want. So Google has a new app just for all of those photography features called, appropriately, Photos.Google Photos sorts your images by people, places, and things, all without tags.
Available today for Android, iOS, and desktop users, Google photos app aims to be the home for all of your images. So Google is offering unlimited free storage and maintaining the original resolution for photos up to 16 megapixels and 1080p videos
Of course, Photos wasn’t the only cool new product Google announced at I/O. For the full rundown about Inbox’s tweaks, the Brillo OS for Internet of Things devices, and a whole lot more, check out Greenbot’s Google I/O landing page.
Apple announced a similar app earlier this week called Clips, which lets users quickly edit videos and add visual elements to them, kind of like Snapchat.
Google’s new photos app boasts some of the same features, but with a twist.
Unlike Apple’s Clips, which is set to be released in April, Google’s app has a social element. Users can reportedly collaborate and create groups to share and edit photos.
If released, the app would be powered in part by Google’s artificial intelligence capabilities. For example, it would be able to identify objects in a photograph and organize them according to type.
The new photos app would join Google’s pair of existing social apps, Allo and Duo, which were announced last year.
It’s not clear when Google plans to release the app. Unconfirmed sources told that one plan is to release it at the company’s annual I/O conference in May.
We’ve reached out to Google for comment and will update this post if we hear back.