Google celebrates one year of mobile photo service. The developer dedicated the app to sharing, organizing and preserving memories. Google tries to create a more personal space and ironically hints at those billions of selfies taken in the last year.
Truth be told, out of the trillions of labels used to categorize pictures stored on Google cloud more than 24 billion were signaled to be selfies.
The company says the app has more than 200 million users who collectively used 13.7 petabytes of storage. As a small reminder, one petabyte is 1,125,899,906,842,624 bytes. Google even calculated that a person would need 424 years to go through all those photos.
Such a large storage capacity was technically possible because of the cloud backup option which is entirely free.
However, Google offers unlimited cloud storage only for “high quality” photos. Choosing to preserve the original properties of the picture will count against the overall Google storage.
Nexus owners will have quite a different option. Aside from benefiting of speedy software updates, they may also have unlimited video and photo storage, no matter what the size of their creations may be.
Another interesting feature available for Nexus will be the internal tools for adjusting contrast and exposure.
Nexus is the name of Google’s phone series. The newest model, Nexus 5X, was received with great enthusiasm and positive reviews. The device offers excellent quality at a relatively low price, together with access to one of Google’s most impressive services, the Fi carrier – an economic and fairly reliable alternative to traditional phone calls.
Google Photos permits users to create animations, collages, and movies with their photos. In the last year, Google Photos hosted no less than 1.6 billion creative photo manipulations.
In order to make it easier to navigate in the gallery, Google introduced keyboard shortcuts to select, search, zoom, download or edit photos. The search option is comprehensible and can deal with more than one selection criteria.
To make things fun, Google has yet another cool search option where you don’t even have to use words to do searches – an emoji is enough. For example, a dog emoji search will show dog pictures.
On a more serious note, Google Photos offers interesting sharing options, as sharing a photo album with your family. All photos available for the group will have a dedicated space, and each member of the group will receive a notification when new photos are uploaded.
Google prepares new features for the app. For example, Google Assistant may be able to delete duplicate or low-quality pictures in order to make the best out of limited storage space. Another plan is to enhance Bluetooth sharing options, which does not rely on mobile data connection.
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