Published On: Mon, Jun 1st, 2015

Google Photos Now with Unlimited Cloud Storage

But there is a catch.


Google is now offering unlimited cloud storage for all of your photos on its Google Photos service. That’s right – unlimited.

But the pictures are limited to only 16 megapixels in size. Anything larger than that will be compressed.

The company has clearly proven that it can compete with Microsoft, Facebook and all the rest. But can it catch up with services like Flickr and Instagram?

No one used Google Plus and does anyone use Picasa?

So the fact that Google will let you have unlimited space for your pics on its cloud service is unbelievable. Maybe it has to do with concerns about privacy when storing things on line. Remember when actresses like Jennifer Lawrence had their personal and even nude photos leaked on line after they were hacked and stolen from Apple’s servers?

In addition to the free space, Google offers an easy way for you to transfer all of your photos to your hard drive with one click with its “Take Out” service.

The service also offers people the ability to auto-delete pictures from their mobile devices as they upload them to the cloud.

And if you do not like how Google compresses your pictures there is also a paid option. With it the first 15 GB are free and then for $2 a month you get up to 100GB of storage for full sized files and $10 per month for 1TB.

But not everyone is impressed with all of the new services which Google is now offering. The New York Post reported on the new Google Photos and new Android services like Android Pay with the sarcastic headline, “Google will give you unlimited photo storage in exchange for your life.” described the new Google Photos as a poor attempt to take on Flickr. It points out that Flickr offers its users the ability to upload pictures of up to 200-megapixels in size.

But this is not really such a big deal for amateur photographers taking selfies on their smart phones. Serious photographers do not concern themselves with such services anyway.

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