During the Google I/O conference of 2015, the guys at Mountain View introduced their new service automatic storage and backup service aimed at photos and videos. In other words, any photo or video taken or recorded with an iPhone or iPad (there's also a version in APK format for Android) was automatically stored on Google' servers in a totally transparent manner for the user. Thus, we'd always have a backup just in case we lost or had our phone stolen, and we also managed to avoid filling up the internal storage space of our device.
The greatest appeal of this service has to do with its storage capacity. What's that capacity? Well, it's totally unlimited; we can upload as many photos and images to the cloud as we want without any concerns. However, the platform does reduce the quality of the uploaded multimedia files, converting the photos to a maximum resolution of 16 megapixels and videos to 1080p. Hardly noticeable.
Your online photo gallery accessible from the web, PC, Android, and iOS.
Apart from the automatic and unlimited storage of backups of our photos, this service offers us a series of functions and features that will make it a must on any smartphone or tablet sold by Apple:
- Automatic creation of backups and synchronization of files between different devices.
- Categorization of pictures by date and place.
- Facial recognition of the people that appear in each photo.
- Visual search tool to find any picture in our gallery.
- An image editor that allows us to apply filters and effects to the photos we've taken.
- Create collages with up to 9 different snaps that we can later edit however we wish.
- Generate animations, panoramic images, interactive stories, and movies based on your photos.
- Automatically create albums of photos taken on the same date or place, or with a similar topic.
- A function similar to that of Facebook that reminds us the photos we took on the same day of past years.
- Easily share albums and photos with your contacts.
Google Photos: who can see the images we upload to the cloud?
If you're concerned about the privacy of the files you store on the cloud, there's no need to worry in the case of choosing to use this service. All the photos and videos are stored safely on Google's servers and only you can access them using your username and password. However, you can share whatever files you want with your contacts. In that case, only those whom you grant permission to will be able to view the pictures of your choice.