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Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Smartphones these days, even the lower spec ones, are capable of taking high resolution (though not always high quality) photos. That means those photos take up more space on the smartphone's storage. And when you have a measly 16 GB of internal memory, with no microSD card option, you will inevitably run out of space. That is precisely the point that Google is trying to make in a rare and admittedly amusing Google Photos video ad. And it is aiming its guns at, what else, the 16 GB iPhone.

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Google Photos for iOS gets a new cropping tool

Google Photos for iOS gets a new cropping tool

Earlier this month, Google pushed out an update for Google Photos on Android, and now it has followed it up with an update for iOS, taking that app up to version 1.12.1. The update is a relatively small one, though it’ll prove useful for most users: there’s a new cropping tool, which is the big change, as well as some “improved support” for taking photos in a burst. The app is available from the iTunes store now.

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Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Moto Z Droid Edition's free 2-year Original Quality Google Photos storage should come with a more apparent disclaimer. As we've spoken of on more than one occasion before, no free cloud storage-based gift is ever really free. There's always a reason why you'll want to take a second glance at what happens when your temporary free storage has expired. In this case, it has to do with Gmail, believe it or not.

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Google Photos at 1 year: 200M users, 24 billion selfies

Google Photos at 1 year: 200M users, 24 billion selfies

While it began life much earlier as part of the Google+ social network, it's now been one full year since Google Photos was launched as an individual cloud-based photo storage service. To celebrate, Google has shared some stats on the service to highlight its rapid growth, most notable is a user count of over 200 million, an impressive figure for just 12 months.

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Nexus phones get unlimited “Original Quality” Google Photos storage soon

Nexus phones get unlimited “Original Quality” Google Photos storage soon

Original Quality Photos and Video uploads and backups to Google Photos may be the reason you want a Nexus smartphone in the near future. Google's latest APK for the app Google Photos has mention of a promotion which includes just that - a promo for Nexus smart devices specifically. "With Nexus, back up all you want," says the APK, "Unlimited free storage for original quality photos and videos uploaded from your Nexus device."

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Don’t fill up Google Photos or Gmail will stop working

Don’t fill up Google Photos or Gmail will stop working

Today I received a rather rude awakening - after years of abusing the space Google had given me for online storage, my ticket had come up. I'd been uploading files to places like Google Drive and Google Photos at full resolution, without a care in the world, doing so every day, automatically, without a care in the world! The mortality of this freedom became all too real to me today. Today, Google gave me a rather scary warning. If I didn't make some space, they'd stop my emails.

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Google Photos shared albums get comment support

Google Photos shared albums get comment support

Google is updating Photos with a couple of new features, the most notable of which is the ability to leave comments on shared albums. Shared albums, of course, are photo albums that more than one person have access to; anyone with whom the album was shared can add their own photos to it, making the commenting feature a welcomed addition. As of now, users who are part of the album can leave a comment for the album itself or a specific photograph within it.

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Now Google Photos can back-up Live Photos on your iPhone

Now Google Photos can back-up Live Photos on your iPhone

Google Photos for iOS has been updated with Live Photos support, allowing the Harry Potter-esque moving images to be backed-up into Google's cloud. The new functionality, added today in the latest release of the iPhone and iPad app, means that iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners capturing Live Photos won't lose the video data if they rely on Google for their online storage.

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Google is killing Picasa to focus on Google Photos

Google is killing Picasa to focus on Google Photos

Remember Picasa? Google finally has too, but it's decided to call time on the photo software. Picasa is getting the axe, the company has confirmed today, in favor of the newer Google Photos service that was itself spun out from Google+.

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Google Photos update turns it into a social network

Google Photos update turns it into a social network

No, Google didn't just turn Google Photos into Google+. Instead, they've updated the app to include Shared Albums, meaning you will be able to upload photos to an album that all of your contacts can see. Public sharing is slightly different, as is posting to Facebook. This update allows friends and family - whomever you've added - to access a unique folder in your library. Others can share folders of theirs with you, too.

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Google Photos update brings Photo Sphere viewing to the web

Google Photos update brings Photo Sphere viewing to the web

Google Photos has been updated to bring Photo Sphere viewing in the web. Fire up your regular desktop browser and you’ll be able to view your uploaded photo spheres using Google Photos, no mobile device necessary, though a mobile web browser and the Android app can also be used. If you don’t have your own uploaded spheres, you can also view existing ones via Street View.

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Google Photos is deleting your files… in a good way!

Google Photos is deleting your files… in a good way!

Android users of Google Photos will soon see an option to "Free Up Space", this feature then deleting files after upload on their device. Google Photos is an app that connects to Google Photos on the web, acting as a storage space for images and movies for Google users. This system works for Android and iOS as well as all desktop computers via a web browser. Google's latest update will allow users to free up space on their smart devices by deleting photos and videos automatically.

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