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Google Photos

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  • Price: Free

Google's broken its Photos app away from Google+ and into its own application. And this is it. The broad strokes are that you get a powerful gallery app for your photos that allows for automatically uploading your pics to the cloud — for free, so long as you don't mind limiting your photos to 16MP. But perhaps most impressive is Photos' ability to organize and categorize your pictures. By people (via face recognition), by things, by dates and places.

And all the features you've come to know and love — Auto Awesome, for example — are there, but they may well have new names. There's a lot to love in Photos, and a lot to learn as well.

So, let's explore.

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Google Photos on Android

Getting acquainted with the new Google Photos on Android and the web

Google Photos is finally here, and that means we have a new photography tool to play around with on our phones and computers. After being tied completely to Google+ (woefully) for some time, Photos has finally been broken out into its own apps for Android, iOS and the web. Google Photos, as...
Google Photos

From the Editor's Desk: In love with Google Photos

I've always known where my pictures are. For years now they've been sitting in a small box in my living room, on an aging Linux-based NAS box. (This one, if you're curious.) And I kinda loved that thing, insofar as one can have feelings for a NAS. It doesn't look half bad tucked in my...
Google Photos app now available to download

New Google Photos app with unlimited storage goes live in Google Play and on the web

Google's brand new Photos app is now available to download in Google Play and on the web, letting you back up all of your photos with at no cost. Earlier today Google introduced their revamped photos service, which offers users unlimited storage at no cost. Of course there are some limits, like...
What happens when you delete pictures in Google Photos?

What happens when you delete pictures in Google Photos?

With potentially unlimited storage at your disposal there are few reasons to delete photos, but if you do there are a few things to know. Whether you need to clear out duplicates, limit the amount of full-resolution storage you're taking up or just get rid of some old shots you no longer want,...

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Stories, Movies and more: Traveling with Google Photos

The new Google Photos wants to help you sort though and share your memories — and for the most part it's pretty good. However the Stories and Movies features aren't without their frustrations. When the new Google Photos update landed on my LG G4, I'd just stepped off an 11-hour flight to China...
Facebook Photo Albums

How to get your pictures out of Facebook and into Google Photos

Facebook basically does the bare minimum when it comes to giving you your photos back, and that's really unfortunate. Most of us have a lot of photos in Facebook, but don't actually use that platform as a long-term storage solution. That's probably a good idea considering how photos are handled...
How to move your OneDrive pictures to Google Photos

How to move your OneDrive pictures to Google Photos

OneDrive has its draws as a photo locker, but if you've chosen to move to Google Photos it's a simple process. With great cross-device syncing — particularly if you use Windows devices — and very cheap storage options, OneDrive is a great choice for storing photos and plenty of other things. But...
Google Photos and Flickr tabs in Chrome

How to move your Flickr pictures to Google Photos

Google Photos is a great new system, but you need to get your existing photos up there somehow. If Flickr has been your photo system of choice — and we wouldn't blame you with 1TB of free storage — up to this point, then you'll have to download all of your photos from there in order to get your...
Dropbox and Google Photos

How to move your Dropbox pictures over to Google Photos

One of the biggest hurdles in moving to Google Photos is getting your old library uploaded from where it is now. With the ubiquity of Dropbox throughout multiple platforms and its great automatic uploading from your phone and desktop, there's a decent chance you've used it to back up your...
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Use the Google Drive desktop app to save local copies of your Google Photos library

Google Photos is primarily an online experience, but you can take things offline for your own backup with Google Drive. One of the best features of Google Photos is that you can access your pictures from any device that has a web browser or a Google Photos app, but the fact that it's kind of a...
Google Photos shared links

Managing your shared photo links in Google Photos

Google Photos doesn't always share a plain image, it sometimes uses a link — and that adds some complication. We're used to photo editors and services having their own specific ways of sharing items, and with Google Photos there are a few quirks to understand. When sharing basic photos and...
Google Photos

From the Editor's Desk: In love with Google Photos

I've always known where my pictures are. For years now they've been sitting in a small box in my living room, on an aging Linux-based NAS box. (This one, if you're curious.) And I kinda loved that thing, insofar as one can have feelings for a NAS. It doesn't look half bad tucked in my...
Creations in Google Photos

Where did Auto Awesome go in Google Photos?

Creations are a new thing with Google Photos, and it's basically just a re-branding of the old Auto Awesome features you're used to. Dropping the Auto Awesome name was something that came along with the loss of the Google+ baggage, and the new name is a bit more intuitive and descriptive....
Understanding Assistant in Google Photos

Understanding 'Assistant' in Google Photos, and what it can do for you

There's lots to wrap your head around in Google Photos, but the new Assistant feature is here to help. Whether you want to check up on the status of your photo backups, see the Creations that Google Photos has made for you, or be alerted of space to be freed up on your device, Assistant is the...

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Here's what we need in this app. Everyone has lots of photos that have been scaled to 2048px, but we still have the originals. Provide a way for us to upgrade these photos to the new "High quality." Please? Thanks!
Thanks for the round up AC, you're awesome.

Is there a way to get an app-specific / topic-specific Android central rss feed?

I don't want the full Android Central feed (information overload for me!), but I do want a feed for articles that relate to Google photos, and a couple of other topics