Google has announced that their old cloud photo storage solution, Google+ Photos, will shut down on August 1st in favor of the company’s newer service, Google Photos.
The shutdown of Google+ Photos will start with the Android app ceasing to function, followed by a removal of the service from iOS and the web. All the photos you’ve stored on Google+ Photos will automatically transfer over to Google Photos, even if you don’t update to the newer service before the shutdown date.
Google launched Google Photos in May as the obvious replacement for Google+ Photos down the track. It supports all of the same features as its predecessor and even introduces some new functionality, such as the ability to upload an unlimited amount of high quality photos and videos, and automatic organization of those photos and videos by more than just the date and location.
Google+ Photos isn’t the first photo service from Google that has been phased out in favor of a newer product. Picasa Web Albums were essentially discontinued several years ago in favor of Google+ Photos, although the service has remained available to those that want a legacy photo storage solution.
The shutdown of Google+ Photos shouldn’t disappoint too many users, because the new Google Photos application is extremely well built and includes many useful features. If you haven’t checked it out already, the Google Photos app is available on both Android and iOS, as well as on the web.