Google Hacks: Google Photos

It has recently come to my attention that a lot of Filipinos have yet to discover the native capabilities of their Android phones.

A lot of focus has been placed by Google and Android into creating and maintaining applications that a lot of end-users dismiss.

Case in point: Google Photos.

Google Photos, in so few a words, is the standalone successor to a Google+ feature. Since the not so warm reception of Google+, they have since created a separate application to focus on storage of photos and videos in the cloud. This has since surpassed the capabilities of what photo and image storage is like for Facebook, for example.

Yes, I’ll go ahead and say that cloud access is scary. A lot of questions are raised n terms of how secure it really is to go full digital. We’re skipping that part since no one really has a concrete answer to said question apart from more questions.

So, Google Photos, the nifty application that allows me to free up storage at any point in time so long as I have my files backed-up in Google’s servers.

It’s simple, look for the icon, click agree to backing-up your files. Done.

The default settings wait for both WiFi access as well as having your phone plugged in to charge. You don’t even need to think about it unless you need to look for a specific photo or video.

The best part? It doesn’t stop there.

There are tons of features you can maximize to its full potential.

All your photos will easily be accessible through your Gmail account login from anywhere. Phone, laptop, tablet, office PC, name it. So long as it has internet connection, you can access your memories wherever you need them

Name the faces. Much like how Facebook has facial recognition, so does Google Photos in being able to segregate photos and videos (yes, faces in videos) according to face and a setting will allow you to name the face for future scanning purposes.

Should you have the geo-location recognition feature activated, Photos can scan based on location, too.

New add-ons include being able to recognize if an image was taken sideways and the rotation function of your phone did not kick in or a quick suggestion to make an album based on your week, month, or a significant enough event for you to take a series of photos pertaining to an occasion. Yes, Photos can tell if you’re at a birthday with cakes, ice cream, and lots of colors in the photos.

Even better is that you can easily create albums by just selecting your photos, creating an album, and sharing said album on Facebook. Just add a caption and you’re done.

The included Photos Assistant can also suggest light editing in-app, make collages, movies, and animations all made from your stored photos.

The really best part? It has free unlimited storage of photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. Unless, of course, you own the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL where you get unlimited full resolution photo and video storage.

Yes, there will be kinks along the way where the recognition feature may look at a stuffed toy and think it a plant, amongst intricacies but those can easily be ironed out by Google.

Meantime, I’ve been enjoying Google Photos and the amount of convenience it provides whenever I need to queue up my images.

Prior to learning this, what has your method of transferring and copying photos from a device to another? I really want to hear your style. Hit me up on Twitter @ginuhit.

Here’s a video about features and functions of Google Photos:

Check out photos.google.com for a quick tutorial on the full capabilities of Google Photos or get it from Google Playstore or Apple App Store.

Mabuhay Manila.

Drew Uy

I do words, food, coffee, and photos. Hit me up on Twitter @ginuhit

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