July 20, 2015

Google+ Photos Is Shutting Down On August 1st

Google+ Photos Is Shutting Down On August 1st

This one might be a bit confusing due to product naming weirdness, but here we go:

Google+ Photos, the photo sharing solution built into Google’s social network Google+, is shutting down.

However: Google Photos (note the lack of +) — as in the excellent, unlimited free photo host that
Google launched back in May
— will live on.

The shutdown of Google+ Photos will start on August 1. According to Google, the Android version will go first; shortly thereafter, the web and iOS versions
will go dark.

Google is offering a tool that’ll transition Google+ Photos users over to Google Photos; you can find it on your Google+ account photos page. Even if you
miss the deadline, Google says your photos will still be available by way of Google Takeout.

So why kill off Google+ Photos? For most, the existence of the standalone Google Photos makes Google+ Photos redundant, and perhaps a bit confusing (Example
A: this post.) Alas, there are a few tricks from Google+ Photos that haven’t made it into the non-plus Google Photos app yet — things like pushing pictures
to Chromecast, or support for PhotoSphere hosting.

With that said, the standalone Google Photos does bring a lot of rad new stuff to the table, even beyond the whole unlimited free storage thing. Check
out my breakdown of some of its best tricks
right over here.

This makes me wonder… Is Google getting closers to killing Google+? Some say they won’t do it because of things like hangouts, but hangouts is separated from Google+ now, (it’s a separate app, as well as the integration.) I really don’t think there’s a reason to keep Google+ around at all! I just deleted my Google+ page last week, because I wanted to make an Youtube channel without using my real name.

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