I just submitted this feedback to the Google+ team and I wanted to know what you guys think. This is what I wrote:
The photos experience, in my opinion, has just worsened into a complete mess.
I love AutoBackup, but the way it handles my photos just makes everything feel like a complete mess. Though I don't plan on losing my phone, I rely on AutoBackup to send my photos to this magical place where they can be retrieved if I need them or get a new phone. Unfortunately, though, they are lost in this oblivion of confusion. Here's what I propose:
Keep AutoBackup, but make it something more sophisticated. Let photos from AutoBackup automatically drop into an album called Camera, or even Nexus 5 camera or whatever. If I decide to delete a photo from either the web or mobile UI, even directly from the camera, I want it gone. I don't want to have to go around deleting from the camera and then its double in the cloud. I want it synced.
And then there's albums. Though Google+ is doing a great job of minimizing the time spent organizing photos, when I move photos to an album for, let's say, a wedding, I DON'T WANT THEM IN MY FEED! The All Photos location for Google+ to me should just be a place of unorganized photos that don't really belong in an album.
In short, I would like a completely synced interface. I want photos to be accessible from any device, but only in one location. Kind of like with Google Drive. My dream:
I take a bunch of photos. They are instantly uploaded to the cloud. On the web I decide to sort through them and scrap the bad ones, and then I move the rest into a beautiful relevant album. I then look on my phone and see none of them are in my camera roll any more, and that on my phone all the bad photos have been removed.
Also, the Hangouts album feature is kind of nice, but I would like to see the ability to turn it off, or at least better handle the deletion of the albums.
It would be really cool if I take a bunch of photos that once the photos are uploaded to the cloud that they are deleted from the phone's memory, so that they're just "catched." Sort of like Google Play Music, or watching YouTube videos. It would free up a lot of storage...
Thanks and keep working hard,