More info here: http://goo.gl/AVgL7h
More info here: http://goo.gl/AVgL7h
To be honest, in my opinion this looks like a toy that apparently "works with iPhone, Samsung and Android". What does that even mean?
This might be a quote or just what I'm thinking, I don't know.
The whole "Google is splitting up Google+" news brings some speculation with it and I think Google could (or should) communicate this in a better way. Announce this and tell everything right away or wait until I/O and avoid the confusing situation we're in now
I, for one, do not think changes will be that drastic. Many people aren't using Photos and Hangouts right now, because they're part of Google+ (Hangouts is pretty standalone, yes, but I think it would benefit from a native desktop client). Google just wants more people everywhere and to be honest, I think Photos definitely deserves more users, because it's a great service.
The term "splitting up" is confusing however. Obviously since all Google services are connected, Hangouts and Photos will be just a click away and auto backup is neat, so that won't be going anywhere. It's just that you will be able to use these things outside of the Google+ environment.
If you think about it, Hangouts and Photos are re-branded products. Hangouts once was Google Talk and I think Google failed in delivering a smooth transition from Talk to Hangouts. If I remember correctly, at one point we had Hangouts in Google+ and Talk in Gmail. The name itself was (and is?) confusing, because Hangouts were the video calls. And today there is still a difference in functionality between mobile and desktop versions of the app.
Photos basically is Picasa, but again it's very confusing. Does Picasa still exist or not? The website is still up and you can download the program. I can imagine that people who used and liked Picasa were not very happy when the Picasa web-album URL was redirected to Google+. They don't want to use Google+, they want to use Picasa.
I've been thinking about these things in this way for a while, but now is a good time to share it, I guess.
Sometimes you just have to love technology. After a house move a months back, I couldn't find my HTC One, a phone I had recently wiped and was using as a camera while I tried out a new Cyanogenmod. Thinking it had been misplaced in the move or simply still in a moving box in the shed, I gave up looking for it since I had another phone. When I recently came back to Android I opened up my Google Drive Photos and lo and behold, there's this guy, complete with selfies and pictures of his home, kids, and what I can only assume is his wife. Judging by the company name on his shirt (the moving company I used) it's not hard to see how he wound up with his new phone. But apparently he had not realized it was on auto backup.
The moving company found him and immediately fired him (and I have removed their logo from this picture) but the thief has neglected to return the phone. So say hello to him now.
#Android #GoogleDrive #AutoBackup
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