It’s been rumored for weeks, but consider it mostly official: Google is launching a photo service separate of Google+.
We just heard it straight from the horse’s mouth while walking the halls of Google I/O, though I don’t think we were supposed to hear it just yet. It’ll be announced during Google’s I/O keynote, scheduled to start in an hour.
Here’s what we gleaned:
- It’s called “Google Photos”, and will live at photos.google.com (this url currently points to part of Google+)
- They’re pitching it as having “unlimited storage”. Previous Google photo hosting services (like Picasa) ate into your Gmail/Drive/Google+ storage limits. “Unlimited” tends to come with caveats, so we’ll wait and see what exactly that entails. Caveats like…
- It sounded like photos would be capped at 16MP and will also store video, capped at 1080P.
- A new Photos app is coming to Android, iOS, and Web; it’s got better photo sorting (with things like day-by-day sorting) and a feature called “Assistant”.
This is, obviously, something that users have been requesting forever: a way to store photos with Google without having to deal with all the social cruft involved with Google+.
More later, as the Google I/O keynote plays out. It’s scheduled to start at 9:30 am pacific; catch our live blog here!
Update: Yep! We were right. Google Photos will launch today, for free.