Google Photos app

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Lloydbm41, May 28, 2015.

  1. Lloydbm41, May 28, 2015
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    Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    So far, this is the best step forward by Google when it comes to photos.
    Probably because it is a near clone of Apples photo app (but the api is more robust with animations)... And that isn't a bad thing. Photos needed to be disconnected from G+!
     
  2. Cod3rror macrumors 68000

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    They would've blown everyone away if they hadn't had that 16MP limit.

    I don't want my images to be resized, I want them original.
     
  3. gotluck macrumors 603

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    hey you can use the new photos app while having google+ disabled.

    hey, now it's actually an option for me :p
     
  4. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    I haven't read everything about it but is it possible there is a paid tier available to accommodate photos outside of the 16MP and 1080p video limitaions?

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    Took the words right out of my mouth--just posted pretty much the same sentiments over in the Android M thread. I'm very excited for this--free and cross platform, even better. I'll continue to use Photos on Apple's devices but need a good second backup option and this appears to be the best by far.
     
  5. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    How big are your images? o_o
     
  6. bgro macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you can use your free 15gb storage (or your additional paid storage) and store original file sizes if you'd like.
     
  7. gotluck macrumors 603

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    Haha the verge made a video reviwieng the 'new' google photos app without realizing they were actually using the old version...

    http://www.reddit.com/r/android/comments/37n4mu/_/
     
  8. jamezr, May 28, 2015
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    Classic the Verge! Those guys don't have a clue most of the time!
     
  9. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Google isn't making this available because they're nice. Your photos contain a treasure trove of metadata, and with image recognition they'll be able to glean a lot of information from the content of your images--all to serve ads.
     
  10. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    That's how most free internet services work, and have been for years. People have been uploading photos to Facebook and Instagram for years.
     
  11. MasterRyu2011 macrumors 65816

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    True. People act like this is a new thing. The internet is a huge ad market.
     
  12. Lloydbm41 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Except when you turn your metadata off. BTW, same thing exists in photos taken on iDevices.

    But I'm sure you knew this.
     
  13. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

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    And I really don't care.
     
  14. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    I have a bunch of photos from before 2008 using a Sony point and shoot that don't really have any metadata, is there anyway to add the date taken and location for the photos so they appear in the proper order? When I uploaded them they showed up as taken today.
     
  15. Cod3rror macrumors 68000

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    Just your normal smartphone photos. Considering next year's phones will all have 20MP+ cameras, 16MP is a bad limitation.

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    Download GeoSetter, it is by far the most powerful Image metadata tool there is.
     
  16. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    I doubt normal smartphones are going to go much bigger than 16, if they even do that. The next innovation will be in better lenses, better color reproduction, better low light performance. There will be some outliers, but overall I see 16mp being a good limit for a while. Also, remember, that's unlimited storage.
     
  17. youradhere4222 macrumors 6502

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    I understand why this may be a concern in the abstract, but practically, this doesn't bother me at all. Google and Apple both serve up ads to users (Google through apps and web services, and Apple through only the former). The difference is that Google uses your information to serve up ads that are more relevant to you.

    No one at Google is pouring through your digital information; it simply goes through algorithms that change what you see on your end. Google can do a lot of cool stuff with Google Now that makes my life easier, simply because it knows what I'm interested in, my routines, interests, etc. Frankly, better contextualized ads and services seems like a win-win to me.

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    I don't know about that. Current rumors indicate that the next iPhone will have a 12MP camera, the Nexus 6 currently has a 13MP camera, and the just-released Samsung/LG flagships have 16MP. Even a lot of expensive DSLRs are shipping with 16-20 MP, which isn't too far off Google's maximum.

    At a certain point, there's no need to add more MP and I think smartphones are reaching that point. My guess is that the focus is shifting largely towards aperture, image processing, etc.
     
  18. bushido Suspended

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    honestly who cares, theres a whole university major focused on the "Big Data" business. People on MR act like Google is the only one collecting data to make profiles and "personas"

    ANYWAY, i dont seem to get it to work ... its been saying "preparing" since last night and i was on a 100 mbit/s up connection earlier today. how can i tell if anything has been uploaded yet?
     
  19. JaySoul macrumors 68020

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    It's brilliant.

    Can't understand the mindless criticism one bit.

    And thank the lord it has decoupled from the car crash that is Google+.
     
  20. Cod3rror macrumors 68000

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    I read you guys, but what if I want to store DSLR images there? I was hoping for a real photo storage solution, without restrictions. If images are modified, then that's a restriction. That is why I never upload images to instagram, pinterest and other nonsense services that modify images. I want my pictures in original as they came from the camera, with the same EXIF data, binary same.

    I'm hoping that they will eventually take away that 16MP limit and will allow users to upload images without modifying them.

    Here's another question. Is there a way to retrieve your images in mass? Or do you have to download them one by one? There also seems to be no map view of images... i.e. where the image was taken.
     
  21. kevinof macrumors 6502a

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    If you choose a collection, or an album, then click on top right menu/options (3 dots) you can then choose download. It will download the entire collection/album as a zip.


     
  22. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    Google allows you to use your Google Drive storage to store photos, just like Apple allows you to use your iCloud Drive storage. They have allowed this since Photos became a standalone(front end viewer for G+) app.

    To be honest I am not sure why everyone thinks this is new news. Photos was unlimited photos with size restrictions the entire time it has existed.
     
  23. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Well I choose unlimited even though I have over 200GB of prime storage. Since this is mostly for my smartphones I won't bother using up my paid extra space until really necessary.

    Just wish they bring back the full suite of editing tools. The new editing tools are beyond basic compared to what they replaced.
     
  24. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    Sigh, I just noticed they nerfed editing options. Why does Google do that? They nerfed options in Google Camera app as well (and most of it hasn't been added back yet).
     
  25. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    You're complaining about not getting a service for free? Seriously?

    And you are allowed to upload images without modifying them--you just actually have to pay for that service if it exceeded the free storage they already give you. :eek: Something you have to do just about with any other comparable service. :rolleyes:
     

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