One of the hottest new photo applications to hit the tech market this year is Google Photos, a free photo management system that offers you unlimited storage for high-resolution images and video. It is available for both iOS and Android and comes as a desktop app to help you synchronize your media files on your mobile devices, personal computer, and SD cards.
If you are not entirely familiar with the application, here are 5 things you should know:
1. Uploading Made Easy
Google Photos makes it easier than ever to upload your photos through a drag and drop interface. All you need to do is have your browser tab addressed to photos.google.com. Once there, you can drop numerous images and videos into the tab. The drop uploads all of the files simultaneously, and that saves you time. You can even drop an entire folder of images and video and Google Photos gets right to work.
2. Bye, Bye Duplicates!
If you’re tired of having to clean out duplicate files to clear up storage space, Google Photos has got you covered. The app merges all duplicate files that may have been created, leaving just one. No more having to search through your files manually to delete unwanted and unnecessary duplicates. The app does it for you automatically.
3. Helpful Photo Assistant
Another brilliant feature is the assistant that Google Photos provides. It finds images of similarity and organizes them together to make one simple compilation of related content in your library. On top of that, the app also notifies you if your local storage is running out of space. You don’t have to do any of this manually, and if you need more space to store new media, the assistant will offer to remove old data that you may no longer need.
4. A Decent Editing Tool
Not all photo editors are created equal, and with that said, Google Photos provides you with one that is actually worth something. It features a basic editor that allows you to crop, adjust shading, lights and colors, and even lets you apply defined effects similar to that of Instagram’s own photo editor. Just find the pencil icon on your device, click on it, and start editing your images to the desired look you want.
All you have to do after that is save the image. Now you have an image you can be happy with. It’s that easy!
The final feature we think you should know about is Google Photos’ image compression tool. With a compression rate of nearly 80%, the application compresses the image you are uploading into a much smaller size than other compression tools like the JPEGMini, and that can translate into greater versatility.
Need to optimize your photos for your website? That’s where Google’s compression tool comes into play. Thus, the app does more than just store photos.
More than Just Five
Keep in mind that there are more than just the five features we have listed regarding Google Photos. There is a lot more that you can do with it, and so we find it to be an exceptional app for all your photo and video needs. Upload as many photos and videos as you want without ever having to worry about storage space. Organize, edit, search, and share straight from the app! In fact, we like it so much that we think it could easily give other services such as Dropbox, Amazon, Flickr, and iCloud a run for their money.
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