Happy first anniversary, Google Photos! Can you believe it’s already been a year since the search giant rolled the standalone app to help Android users organize their photos?
To celebrate, Google has also released a report to show users the growth of the platform. Yes, platform, because Google Photos has its own ecosystem with features, an assistant, and editing tools.
For example, in the past year, the service has created some 1.6 billion animations, collages, and movies from the users’ snapshots, according to Google’s blog post. These have either been created manually by users or have been generated by the app’s assistant.
Furthermore, people have added around 2 trillion labels, with a whopping 24 billion of them being selfies. If that particular statistic doesn’t convince people that Millennials should have been called the ‘selfie generation,’ nothing will.
At the same time, Google reported that thanks to the free cloud backup option, the app’s 200 million users have collectively used 13.7 petabytes of storage. For those unfamiliar with the measures, 1 petabyte is the equivalent of 1 million gigabytes.
If you’re an Android user, you probably know that you have unlimited storage if you choose to upload your photos is high quality; however, backing up original quality does count against your overall Google storage.
For Nexus users, that may change sometime in the future. Nexus – Google’s brand for smartphones – will be able to offer its owners more than the benefit of speedy firmware updates. According to the latest update for the app by Android Police, Google is preparing unlimited original-quality photo and video storage for Nexus.
And even though these are only rumors for now, Google Assistant will eventually be able to do more than help users with generated animations and movies. A Buzzfeed News interview with Photos lead Anil Sabharwal revealed that way down the road, the assistant could be smart enough to delete duplicate photos or blurry shots.
Why this matters: A lot of people who use the app are from developing countries where smartphones don’t come with a lot of storage. This option would allow them to have even more free space.
Having the developing markets in mind, Sabharwal went on to explain that improvements are coming to proximity sharing via Bluetooth (which doesn’t use up mobile data) as well, an update that will add to the current 25 million photo transfers that currently take place per week.
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