Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos (Update)

Google offers unlimited free storage of photos, videos
Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks during the Google I/O 2015 keynote presentation in San Francisco, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Google is willing to store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free.

The online photo service announced Thursday is the latest example of Google's desire to wrap its tentacles around virtually every part of people's lives.

Google will provide unlimited storage of all photos up to 16 megapixels and high-definition video up to 1080p.

The service, called Google Photos, will be available as an app on Android and Apple devices, and on a website, photos.google.com . It's a variation of the photo-management tool on Google Plus, a social networking service that has struggled to compete against Facebook since its 2011 debut.

"There has been a renaissance in the thinking of what Google Plus is for," said Bradley Horowitz, Google's vice president of photos and streams. Google Plus will stick around, Horowitz said, although it is likely to focus on bringing together people who share common interests and hobbies instead of trying to connect friends and family.

Horowitz predicted Google Photos will free people from the hassles of managing their picture and video libraries, much like Google's Gmail service eased the burden of sifting through email boxes by offering larger storage capacities and a powerful search engine.

Google Photos is importing technology from Google Plus to automatically sort images into common bundles tied together by a vacation destination, activity, or even species of animal. Other tools will automatically create slideshows and albums accompanied by music.

One of the biggest challenges facing Google Inc. is whether it will be able to lure people away from other services that have been around for years.

Apple has a photo service that offers up to five gigabytes of storage for free and then charges 99 cents per month for an additional 20 gigabytes. Yahoo's Flickr service offers one terabyte of storage for free—enough to accommodate about five photos per day for the next 60 years.


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May 29, 2015
Looks like every tech. corporations want your pictures/videos. Remember, in the end, they own you.

May 29, 2015
dont forget, as per articles even here on PO -like this one: http://phys.org/n...eet.html - your biometrics can also be taken and recorded from high-res photo's that are stored in their system

likely their use of the data will be more subtle than crime prevention or tracking fugitives.... more like google will use the data to more specifically tailor your on-line experience or to track data WRT you and how you live, which is good for the companies who pay google for the data and who use the data for commercial gain, from grocery use and purchases to advertising and specific targeted ads or searches

the problem is that the same data can be used to discern more about a person than just buying choices

it also means that law enforcement will have another tool for tracking people or locating fugitives, etc

cjn
May 29, 2015
FTA:
Google is willing to store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free.


"Free". Sure. Google is, of course, a charity organization with the sole goal of improving the human condition pro bono. This is like a windowless van with a "Free Candy" sign.

May 29, 2015
FTA:
Google is willing to store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free.


"Free". Sure. Google is, of course, a charity organization with the sole goal of improving the human condition pro bono. This is like a windowless van with a "Free Candy" sign.

It's astonishing just how many will still willingly accept.

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