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Pieter-Jan Vandormael
pjv - Android (developer), nanotechnology, software engineering
pjv - Android (developer), nanotechnology, software engineering

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If you're in Berlin...

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Join me in this space on Google.

From a minor session about image compression, currently starting.

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The first I/O where you can conveniently park your car!
Exciting news: we’re only 18 weeks away from Google I/O! To celebrate the 10th anniversary of developer gatherings, Google will be hosting I/O in their backyard at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA from May 18th - 20th. There will be 3 full days together to dive deep into developer content, code labs, and more. 
#google   #io16  

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Unfortunately it looks like Elbee is not going to fund its kickstarter.

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Added photos to DevFest Belgium 2015.

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Added photos to Android: Let's talk about Android Performance with Doug Sillars.

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Waaah Google. This is just what I needed: being able to convert my full-size photos to free-storage-size photos. They should be under the new limit sizes anyway, but like many others I was experiencing the issue that they were still being counted towards my premium storage. And my premium storage was about to expire.

Now I just hope, when released, it solves this bug and I will be able to reduce my premium storage a lot.
We have two features that will begin rolling out on Android today:

Helping users free up storage space on their Android device:
On the Settings screen, users will now see a “Free Up Space” button. Clicking on the button will prompt the user to bulk-delete copies of photos that have already been backed up from their device. To prevent device copies from being accidentally deleted, we’re asking users to double-confirm their intent during the ‘Free Up Space’ flow.

Users who are backing up their photos in High quality may now also receive an Assistant card prompting them to bulk delete device copies when they’re nearing the storage limit on their devices (currently only users who are backing up at Original quality receive these cards).

Deleting photos from SD-card enabled devices
We’re rolling out a fix that will allow users on certain SD-card enabled devices to delete photos stored on an SD card. This should prevent the issue of a photo continuing to show up in the Photos view despite being deleted, a frustrating experience for users.

We have one feature that will begin rolling out on the Web on Wednesday:

Downgrade previously uploaded photos from “Original quality” to “High quality”
When users choose to backup their photos and videos to Google Photos, we allow photos to be uploaded in two ways:
“Original quality” (large file, full resolution). These photos count against a user’s Google storage quota.
“High quality” (smaller file, compressed file). These photos don’t count against a user’s Google storage quota.

If a user joined Google Photos and selected the “Original quality’ setting for their photos, but changed their mind, they could have future media backed up in “High quality”. However, for media already backed up in “Original quality” before then, users were in an awkward state: they had no way to downgrade that media to “High quality”.

With this update, users will be able to downgrade previously backed up photos from “Original quality” to “High quality” by visiting from their computer and clicking ‘Recover Storage’.


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Space rocks! Aardman style
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