Google is shutting down Google+ Photos starting August 1

Google today announced its plan to shut down its Google+ Photos service after the launch of Google Photos back in May.

“In an effort to ensure everyone has the best photos experience” it can deliver, Google will be shutting down Google+ Photos starting on August 1st, 2015. The Android app will be the first to go, and then the Web service and the iOS will follow.

The apps and websites may be going away, but your photos and videos will still be available through Google Photos — simply download the new app or visit the Google Photos website to make the simple switch yourself.

The new stand-alone Google Photos app, unlike Google+ Photos, will not require you to be signed up to the Google+ social network, meaning all users on Android, web and iOS will be able to use the app.

Google Photos is also a little more powerful than its Google+ counterpart, giving users unlimited storage of 16MP photos and 1080p videos for free, editing options and the ability to share photos or videos via links, rather than through emails.

You’ll also get automatic syncing to Google Drive, a new timeline and automatic grouping of photos by people, places and things.

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