Ever since Google purchased Picasa over a decade ago, photographers have been wondering why it hasn’t had better integration with Google+ and vice versa. In 2013, Google merged Picasa Web Albums with Google+ Photos but without a few key Picasa Web features like album ordering. We reported back in March indicating that Google may be offering a Google Photo sharing and storage service outside of Google+, and it seems rumours have surfaced once again ahead of Google I/O later this month.
Sources familiar with Google’s plans told Bloomberg that the new photo service would allow users to easily post their photos to other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Given Google’s recent move back in March to allow users to view their Google Photos in their Google Drive service, separating photos out from Google+ even further doesn’t seem far fetched, and recent reports and comments made by Sundar Pichai, Google’s Senior Vice President, back in March indicate that a separate Google photo service is likely. It’s even possible that with the new service, Google+ users won’t notice much difference as there was no change on the Google+ end when the integration with Google Drive launched.
As with other rumours and speculation, Google won’t provide comment so we’ll take this with a grain of salt. If these rumours turn out to be true, what do you think of Google’s decision to break photos out of the Google+ interface and provide a separate service? What features would you like to see come to the service that aren’t currently available in Google+? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Bloomberg