As expected, Google has announced Google Photos, a free-standing photo storage and management service, free from entanglement with Google+.
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.
Best of all, storage is unlimited, with resolutions up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p high-definition for videos. The service promises easy, intelligent organization, powerful search, and robust sharing features.
Even as an Apple devotee, I am open to other ways to organize, store and manage photos. I’m interested to see how Google incorporates its search expertise into its photos experience. When the service becomes available later today, I’ll surely take a look.
Here’s a video in the meantime.