At today’s Google I/O conference, the search giant announced a great new way for iOS users to backup and store all of their photos and videos.
The aptly named Google Photos service will arrive on the Web and in the App Store later today. We’ll let you know when the app can be downloaded.
Easily the biggest draw for the service is unlimited storage. Users can backup and store photos up to 16 megapixels and 1080p high-definition videos.
Google Photos will automatically organize photos and videos by people, places, and other important information. All of the auto-grouping remains private. Users can also edit and enhance their image and even create collages, animations, movies with soundtracks, and more.
Images can be shared to a number of places like Twitter, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, and others. You can also select a set of photos and videos and create a link to share with friends and family. They can see what’s shared without a special app or login. Shared images can also be shared to their library with one tap.
Just yesterday, I pitted two other photo storage options – Apple’s stock Photos app and iCloud Photo Library against the newly updated Flickr. I’ll be interested to try out Google’s new standalone option as well. The unlimited storage option should be able to draw in iOS users looking for another way to store their memories.
For other news today, see: Apple Pay Rewards Program could offer exclusive benefits and perks for using the service, Bing versus Google: iPad search engine apps go head-to-head, and Launcher with Notification Center Widget gets great new features in update.