Lots and lots of news from today’s 7-hour I/O keynote, but one that stuck out to me is Google Photos. Looks like a great, simple service:
Google Photos gives you a single, private place to keep a lifetime
of memories, and access them from any device. They’re
automatically backed up and synced, so you can have peace of mind
that your photos are safe, available across all your devices.
And when we say a lifetime of memories, we really mean it. With
Google Photos, you can now backup and store unlimited,
high-quality photos and videos, for free. We maintain the original
resolution up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p high-definition for
videos, and store compressed versions of the photos and videos in
beautiful, print-quality resolution.
You can use it from the web, and from native apps for Android and iOS. Obviously, it’s a lot like iCloud Photos in terms of functionality and scope, but storing “unlimited, high-quality photos and videos, for free” sure is different. It also sounds like Google is doing more AI-backed / “machine-learning” image analysis for things like face detection and identifying things like snow or a beach.
See Also: Steven Levy’s interview with Bradley Horowitz, Google’s “vice president of streams, photos, and sharing”, is a good read. Horowitz calls it “Gmail for photos”, which is a pretty compelling three-word pitch. Horowitz:
We heard from our Google Plus photo users that we had great
technology, but they didn’t want their life’s archive brought into
a social product, any social product. It’s more akin to Gmail —
there’s no button on Gmail that says “publish on the Internet.”
“Broadcast” and “archive” are really different and so part of
Google photos is to create a safe space for your photos and remove
any stigma associated with saving everything. For instance, I use
my phone to take pictures of receipts, and pictures of signs that
I want to remember and things like that. These can potentially
pollute my photo stream. We make it so that things like that
recede into the background, so there’s no cognitive burden to
actually saving everything.
★ Thursday, 28 May 2015