Google Photos is one of the most popular photo backup tools out there and its success can be attributed to more than free unlimited backups (only for some time more, though). The service has a powerful search engine that makes finding media as easy as describing it. Now, Google is making this process even easier with the arrival of filters.
Google Photos is discontinuing its free storage option, but after years of conditioning users to unlimited free space for their images, people are understandably starting to look for alternatives that don't charge as much as Google Photos could in the future. One of the more interesting competitors might be Amazon Photos, which is incredibly similar to Google Photos. There's a big catch, though — Amazon Photos doesn't have a 100% free tier. You need to pay for Amazon Prime to enjoy the benefits.
Google Photos is one of the best cloud backup services you can find today, even if it's about to lose its most valuable feature. It's a great photo management tool, with or without unlimited free backups. If you already have your entire collection stored in Google's cloud, you should make sure you're taking advantage of all of the other tools available. Some new UI changes are coming to Photos that bring sharing and ordering prints into the spotlight.
Google Photos continues to be the best cloud backup service around for storing and sharing all of your memories. Even as we approach the end of its unlimited high-quality tier, new features like automated slideshows continue to make it a must-have app on Android. To help make your photos look that much better, Google has added some new editing tools to reduce noise levels and bring out the detail in softened pictures.
Even though Google Photos storage won't be free anymore going forward, the service is still among the best options when you want an almost automatically organized personal media library. But Photos falls short when you do want to do some organization on the go, before uploading your files — you used to only be able to add photos and videos to albums when they were uploaded. Thankfully, that has changed. You can now add content to albums even when you're offline.
A major reason that Google Photos is one of the best cloud photo backup services is its powerful search engine — finding an image is as simple as describing it. If you rely on Photos to find pictures of documents like your driving license or vaccination card, you might be happy to learn that it's getting a dedicated Document hub for easier access.
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Searching through large amounts of data is Google's bread and butter, and so it's surprising that the search tools in Google Photos are a little lacking. You can search for certain things by name, and there are filters of sorts with people, pets, places, etc, but you can't easily use more than one at a time. Thankfully, Google is working on a more robust set of filters.
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