Google I/O 2015: New Photos App Offers Unlimited Photo and Video Storage

The Photos App from Google, which was so far integrated within Google+, is revamped and now available with some interesting features – announced Google in I/O 2015 developers conference. The revamped Photos app will be available for Android, iOS as well as the web. A magnificent feature of Google Photos is having the ability to support unlimited photos and videos. However, the image resolution is limited to 16 megapixels and video resolution is limited to 1080p videos, which is good enough for most mobile and amateur photographers out there.

With unlimited storage for both photos and videos, Google Photos may just make every other photo storage service, which charges users after a fixed storage limit, redundant.
Google Photos will continue to use auto-backup feature and you can store all your photos and videos which can be accessed across devices. Even though it is exposed to some level of compression, Google claims that images have a print-quality resolution. You can store up to 15GB original size images for free.
To make photo search easier, Google has added a visual search feature that will let you search photos by people and places and random things that may be present in the image. For instance, you can search images which have say, ‘the skyline’ or images shot in ‘Goa’ and so on. The auto-grouping is private by default. You can also use pinch to zoom gesture to go from a single image to images by the week or month, a feature present of Apple’s Photo app as well.
The Auto-awesome feature, present in the Google+, has been carried forward to Google Photos. This will let the app create automatic interactive stories, montage movies, GIF animations from a burst of images, collages and more. You also get the option to share it or edit it or delete it. Photo editing options which were present with the previous variation of Photos will also be present on the Photos app. Editing tools like filters, adjust colors, change tone maps and so on are also available with Google Photos.
The most essential thing in the Photos app is improvements in sharing photos. The app lets you select images in a group by just swiping over them. When sharing images to friends, they will receive a web link from where they can view or download the images you share. This bypasses the need for the recipient to have the Google Photos app installed on his or her phone.

Android M Developer Preview Out Now

Google I/O 2015 created quite the buzz expected! The annual developers’ meet took place in San Francisco. In the keynote, Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai announced that HBO Now is on the Play Store and soon enough ‎VP of Engineering Dave Burke was brought to speak on Android M. The successor of Lollipop has improved stability and usability. The shift will be more in quality than the look of the platform! Less intimidating App Permissions, battery life, links between apps and Chrome Custom Tabs are a few improvements that come with the latest operating system. Android M will be made available for users in Q3 2015. However app developers may get the prerelease version 

Google I/O 2015: Maps to Bring Offline Search and Navigation

Just like Google has done with YouTube, you will soon be able to take offline Maps search and navigation with you. Google has announced in the 2015 I/O developers conference that they are going to work on Offline Maps and turn-by-turn navigation. Google hasn’t given an exact date as to when this feature will begin working on Maps.

You will get the turn by turn voice navigation even with the offline Maps, stated Google. This is particularly relevant in markets like India where cellular connectivity may not always be speedy at all times while driving.

Offline maps navigation will certainly help out people in saving up on data charges when they are out and about. However, keep in mind that offline maps with turn-by-turn navigation will surely take up significant space on your storage.