Only five months after its release, Google Photos reached a 100 million users milestone. To put it in perspective: Pinterest and Twitter had to wait 5 years to hit this mark, so it is safe to say that the Google Photo service, available for Apple and Android, is a success.
The unlimited photo storage service, once a feature of Google+, allows users to keep safe and manage their photo and video collection. Using an algorithm that organizes them, the search system lets you find any photo by typing a word, like dog or baby —even if you didn’t add a description to the image. The algorithm works similarly to the one used by Facebook to recognize people’s faces.
As long as the photos are 16 megapixels and videos have 1080p resolution, you’ll have unlimited storage. The auto-upload feature allows you to clear up your smartphone, so you don’t have to decide what to keep or not. According to Google, the company has freed nearly 3,720 terabytes of storage on users —similar to fill in a 16Gb smartphone with photos every day for 637 years.
To celebrate, Google released a series of fun facts about people and their photographing habits: Food is the second subject more photographed after people, and dogs beat cats as the most digitally-captured animal.
Also, Paris, New York and Barcelona are the three most photographed places, as cars are in the second place of the list of objects. “Baby” is the top searched word and using “me” to search for selfies (it shouldn’t surprise anyone).
Online photo storage has been an issue for most internet users, and it seems that Google Photos provides a nice service, allowing them to catch users from other services like Dropbox. You only need a Gmail account to start uploading your memories.
Source: Google Blog