Many probably know Google Photos as a photo backup service. However, the app on mobile does come with some pretty basic photo editing features if you need to make quick edits, crop images, and so on. However, if you wanted more powerful controls, especially for video, you might opt to use a different software.
Usually companies like Apple or Google create tools that make it easier for users to migrate from a competing platform over onto theirs. However, interestingly enough, it seems that Apple has gone the other direction. The company has recently launched a new tool that will help iCloud users transfer their photos and videos over to Google Photos.
In the tech world, it’s not surprising to see companies “borrow” ideas from each other for their own products and services. Take for example Chrome OS which allows users to run Android apps, something that Apple has borrowed for its M1 Mac computers. Now it seems that Google could also be borrowing something of Apple’s in return.
While there are many video editing apps out there, some of them can be unnecessarily complex for simple edits, and some of them require money. However, if you just need a simple video editor, then perhaps you might be interested to learn that Google Photos for iOS has been recently updated where it will now come with a new video editor baked into it.
Google Photos is a great way to store and backup your photos, and it also does a pretty good job working on iOS where you can use it to backup photos stored on your iPhone or iPad and sync it across devices. However, both apps typically work separate of each other, due to the restrictions that Apple has put in place in iOS.
Yesterday, Google kind of sent shockwaves through the internet when they announced that come June 2021, they will be ending their free, unlimited Google Photos storage program. Moving forwards, users of Google Photos will be given 15GB of storage, after which they’ll need to subscribe to a Google One storage plan if they run out of space.
If there was one advantage that Google Photos had over other competing cloud storage platforms, it was that it offered users free and unlimited storage for photos as long as you kept the uploads to “High” instead of “Original”. For the most part, this was fine as a lot of people probably never take photos as max resolution anyway.
The Google Photos app is a great app for backing up your photos to the cloud. It also does a decent job at editing your images, although it did feel a bit basic compared to some other apps out there. However, alongside the announcement of the new Pixel smartphones, Google has also announced an update to Google Photos that turns it into a much more compelling editing app.
These days, more digital cameras are including built-in WiFi connectivity. For the most part, it is to allow the camera to be used for remote control and also to transfer photos from it to another device wirelessly. However, it seems that Canon is taking things to the next level in a team up with Google.
One of the perhaps lesser-known features of Google Photos is that there is an optional subscription service where for $8 a month, users would be able to print ten of their best pictures automatically selected from the previous month. It was an interesting feature, although we’re not sure how many people actually took the company up on their offer.
Last year, Facebook announced that they would be launching a new tool that would allow users to export their Facebook photos to Google Photos. The feature certainly took a while to roll out to users, but the good news is that if you’ve been eagerly anticipating this feature, Facebook has confirmed that the export tool is now available to users globally.
Over the years, we’ve probably accumulated a ton of photos that we might have posted and shared to Facebook. However, given Facebook’s privacy scandals, we’re sure that some of you may no longer be too comfortable using the social platform and might want to move some of your content off it.
Sometimes when recording a video to compile into a larger video, the audio from a video might not be necessary. This could be due to a variety of reasons, such as personal preference, the style of the video you’re making, or maybe in that particular clip, the audio was simply not captured well or is too distorted or noisy.
One of the benefits of cloud storage services like Google Photos is that you can access it anywhere, anytime, and on pretty much any device. The bad news is that all your data is in Google’s hands, although the company does have privacy policies in place that attempt to reassure customers that their content will be kept private.
Digital photos are great because they don’t take up physical space and you can access them from anywhere. However, there are some who might argue that holding and looking through physical photos can feel a lot better and more personal. If you’re interested in getting your digital photos printed, Google Photos might have something for you.
One of the features of Google Photos is the ability to share photos by creating albums and adding them to it. For the most part, it works, but what if you only wanted to share a couple of photos? Thankfully, Google seems to have found a solution to that conundrum in the form of an in-app messaging feature.
Last week, it was discovered that there was a loophole in Google Photos that allowed iPhone users to upload unlimited original quality images to the website for free. It was quite the revelation, but it seems that Google has since caught on to it and it looks like they are calling this a “bug” and plan on fixing it.
Google Photos offer users two storage options: a free unlimited tier that is capped at a certain resolution/file size, and another tier that lets you store photos in its original resolution above a certain resolution, but that is limited and you will need to pay if you want additional storage. However, it seems that there is a loophole that gives iPhone users the second storage option for free.
One of the selling points of Google’s Pixel smartphones was that it came with free unlimited storage on Google Photos. Google Photos already offers free unlimited storage, but it caps it at a certain resolution, but with Pixel phones, Google offers free unlimited original quality photo backups. This means that you get to store your photos at full resolution for free.
Have you ever taken a photo and it contains text and you wanted to search for that text within it? We’re not sure how many of you would have need for such a feature, but the good news is that if you use Google Photos, Google has announced that the service will be gaining a new Lens feature that will allow users to search for text within their photos.