Google has announced that Google+ Photos will officially be shut down on Android on August 1st, with web and iOS versions to follow shortly thereafter. As you should have heard or seen by now, Google+ Photos will be replaced by Google Photos which was announced back in May.
This isn’t the first time that Google has replaced their photo service with something else, Google+ Photos replaced Picasa Web Albums but unlike the fate facing Google+ Photos, Picasa Web Albums was never shut down. There are currently some features in Google+ Photos that aren’t available in the new Google Photos app, and many users were switching back and forth depending on what they wished to do with their photos. Some users still utilize features of Picasa Web Albums that never made it over to Google+ Photos and are also missing from Google Photos. And yes, it is as confusing as it sounds. With Google+ Photos officially being laid to rest, maybe it’s finally time for the features that people use frequently from Google+ Photos and Picasa Web Albums to be merged into Google Photos.
Should you choose not to download the new Google Photos app, which Google is currently prompting users who don’t have it installed to do, your photos and videos will still be available after August 1st on photos.google.com or for export from Google Takeout. It’s also interesting to note that photos that you previously shared using Hangouts and viewed in Google+ Photos will be viewable in Picasa Web Albums going forward and not Google Photos.
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