This is alarming, to say the least.
As someone who is neither a photo-editing amateur nor an expert, I have relished Google+ picture editing as a powerful, flexible image-manipulation suite that lets me do amazing things with little effort.
Google Photos, though capable and thoughtfully designed, does not come close to matching these features.
I realize that the mobile app Snapseed is at my disposal with features roughly matching those on Google+. But it is incomprehensible to me that comparable capabilities would not remain available everywhere.
Apple Photos is roughly the same across all of Apple's Mac and iOS devices, and looks to get a lot more capable and powerful with third-party editing plug-ins on the Mac.
Google+ photo editing blows Apple Photos editing out of the water, but with Google Photos the reverse is true.
As a result, I'm rethinking my longtime policy of relying on Google as my default photo-storage and photo-editing service.
This is a difficult thing for me to contemplate since I typically prefer Google services over comparable offerings, but I'm not seeing that I have any choice.
I'm seriously bummed out, guys.