Google Photos can give Apple a hard time, but is free worth it?
Google Photos is finally a platform of its own as Google detached its picture and video-storing and sharing service from Google+. Now everyone can have not only easy access to all their photos in one app, but Google Photos will organize them by date or by category.
The new aspect of this platform is that it analyzes the people and things in them, and automatically categorizes them based on the contents of the image or video. This makes it easy to search an array of things like “animals,” “surfing,” and “skydiving,” to even places like “New York” and “Paris.” Good job piggybacking off of Instagram’s concept of finding photos Google.
It’s so good that even Apple made it available on iOS. Sounds like Google takeover is in the near future.
But everything comes with a price, as so they say, right?
You do get 1 terabyte per month for free, compared with Apple’s $287 iCloud, so what’s there to lose? Maybe some privacy.
Google Photos is so smart that it can detect people’s faces and store information that way too. A picture of you and your new Mazda or favorite bag of chips can help Google better target its advertising for you.
For some people, it could be an issue that Google is after all, an advertiser, being that 90% of their $66 billion revenue was made from advertising last year. So the tradeoff would be that you’ll lose some privacy, but is it worth it? For convenience, it may just be.