When it was released in 2005, Nickelback’s song Photograph hit no. 1 on numerous US and UK charts. And now, 15 years later, the Canadian band teamed up with Google Photos to create a parody better than the song itself.
Google recently announced they were killing off free storage for Google Photos from June 1st, 2021. A lot of people haven’t been happy with Google’s track record on moves like this, and have been seeking alternatives.
Many users assumed that any images already there would remain safe, but it seems not. Google has started emailing some of its Gmail, Drive and Photos users to let them know that their content may soon be deleted without warning or permission. Like the new Google Photos restrictions, these new policies also come into effect on June 1st, 2021.
In case you missed it recently, Google Photos has decided to end their free unlimited photo hosting service. Beginning in June of next year users will be limited to 15GB of space before being asked to pay for more storage. How much you’ll have to pay will depend on how much storage you use. Unfortunately for me, I have more photos than fit their top tier $100/year plan, so even if I wanted to pay I’d be capped out of the service.
Google Photos has been one of the best photo hosting cloud services out there, offering storage for an unlimited number of your photos absolutely free – as long as you didn’t mind a slight hit in image quality. But that is coming to an end and Google is abandoning its free tier. You still get your free 15GB (shared across all Google services, like Gmail, etc), but if you want any more than that, you’ll have to pay now.
It was a sweet ride while it lasted, and there aren’t really any great free alternatives out there now. But now that you do have to pay, what are the other top paid alternatives out there? Let’s take a look at five of them.
Ever since it was launched in 2015, Google Photos has offered unlimited free storage for your photos. Well, not for long. From June 2021, you will no longer be able to store countless high-quality images on your account. There will be a 15 GB limit, and you’ll have to pay for Google One if you want to store more than that.
If you’ve ever wanted to work for Google, now’s your chance. Well, sort of. Google Photos is now expanding its survey that helps the algorithm recognize what’s in the photos. In other words, you’ll be able to label your images from scratch and tag them in order to train Google’s algorithm further.
Google Photos is getting powerful new updates to its auto-enhance editor. The tool will soon rely on artificial intelligence, making every edit suitable for the particular photo that you work on. You’ll also be able to relight your portraits after taking them, but with a catch: it will only be available on new Pixel phones. [Read More…]
After releasing it in Ireland in 2019, Facebook is now expanding the feature that lets you upload your photos and videos directly to Google Photos. Starting today, users in the U.S. and Canada will have this option available, which should make it faster and more convenient to transfer your data between different services.
Google’s AI labels what it sees in your photos, and sometimes it doesn’t really do the best job. Now Google has announced some changes and its Cloud Vision API tool is going gender-neutral. Instead of labeling people in photos as “man” or “woman,” the tool will now play it safe and label them simply as “person.”