Google+ Update Warns Users Built In Photos App Is Going Away

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    Google announced the stand alone Photo's app at Google I/O a few weeks back. They made pretty big waves when they also announced that everyone gets unlimited 16mp photo and 1080p video storage for life! The old photos which is currently included in Google+ did include some editing features which really added some value. Once you accept the Google+ update to v5.8 you will find a warning which states that the Google+ version of Photos will stop working soon, and then links you to the standalone app. Once you update to the new Standalone app which is pretty well stripped down you can gain some of the old functionality with Sanpseed.
    Head to the playstore for the new standalone app.

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    There is a catch to that "unlimited" storage. You have to provide them permission to "slightly" reduce the quality. If you don't want to do that it's something like 17GB. That's probably enouh for some people.
     
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    16mp and 1080p works for me for unlimited storage.

    I'm digging the new photos app, but I'm still perplexed with how I can delete pictures simply from my phone. I want to leave a copy in the cloud, but not have certain pictures taking up space on my device. In Photos, when I try to delete something, it warns me that it will delete it from everywhere, which I understand, but I still want those pictures available to me with proper data connection.

    Anybody else have an issue with this? I'm assuming I could use my file explorer of choice and delete the files from the phone and they'd still show in the app since they're in the cloud (assuming they've uploaded), but there should be a better way.
     
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    I use "Drive" on my phone and I can delete all I want on the phone and it is still out there. Any cloud storage that only does a one-way sync would work.

    And yes 1080P and 16MP can be uploaded just fine, unlimited, but the fine print says at a reduced quality.
     
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    Looks pretty good to me.
    Photos by Jon J. - Google Photos

    I don't want separate apps to manage my photos. Photos works nice for me. I do see now that the app has a Trash feature, so at least you have a chance to get one back. "Photos will be permanently deleted after 60 days".

    I guess it boils down to me needing to be more picky about the pics I backup. Do I really NEED that one I linked up there again after I shared it to wherever I was going to share it? Probably not. Same thing with model numbers of appliances I've worked on, recipes to get ingredients. Do I really need to hang on to them forever? No. And I use OneDrive to backup ALL pics when on wifi and charging, so I've still got copies elsewhere.

    I think I'll prune Photos to just be pics that I KNOW I'll want to share with people quickly and easily on my device (or through social media), let OneDrive backup those AND the others, and be done.

    Thanks Lee. Somehow, I feel like you led me to this conclusion.
     
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    What a relief...all this time, I thought I was the only one with random pictures of things like the underside of my kitchen faucet, empty bottles of hair conditioner and jalapenos, device tags... :)

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    It's only logical. Why would I write that stuff down when I can snap a quick picture of it and be done? We did that at Menards as well when we bought the bricks for the wall in the picture I linked up above. We had 2 different colors and they had their own skus. I snapped a pic of both of the skus and simply told them how many I wanted to buy of each, then drove the truck around to load 'em up.
     
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    Jonny you are for sure my long-lost evil twin brother. :p BTW, I have some pictures of gravel you might be interested in seeing!

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    I'll be darned if I didn't lose my picture of gravel samples...Must've been before I setup my proper backups...
     
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    That is totaly so true. Last time I looked at Google Photos on-line I found random photos of a yellow note pad and my keyboard. Go figure.
     
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    So, I found this option in Settings today. Would be nice if they told you that was an option when you tapped the trashcan.
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    Also, those first pictures are pages of a scrapbook that my mom made for my Grandma. Those only exist in the cloud, so I can't "remove those from the device" without losing them everywhere. Would like better options for organizing photos in the cloud. Guess it won't be that big of a deal in a week or two when I've taken enough pictures that they're not right at the top, but I'd like to be able to keep some pictures without having to flick through them to get to others.