Google Photos is proof that we grow up to Eat

 Now, many of you are not interested in Google Photos. Suppose the brothers spend a while, and then declare the charge. But strictly speaking, the data is already on it, now scrolling down is very good, but leaving Google Photos, it is not possible to find a similarly good man, but also free. But this is really a very smart way of doing Google, and because Google Photos is also a good product, you have to let Google "meat" only.


Google Photos and 5 years development

Remember when Google Photos was born in 2015, there was a lot of photo storage and sharing services at that time. Photobucket, Flickr, 500px, ImageShack ... are also being used by many people, but they all have a certain limit on the size and number of photos. For example, in the old days Flickr allowed you to save up to 1TB for free, then forcibly upgrade to Flickr Pro.

Then, boom, Google Photos launched, it spun off from the failed photo management functions of social network Google+. Google Photos becomes a separate application, a separate website, and no longer depends on Google's social network. And even more surprising, Google strongly declared: this is an unlimited photo storage service. You can save up to 16MP photos and Full-HD videos at no charge, without any restrictions on the size or number of photos given. And even when you take pictures> 16MP, Google also has an algorithm to resize and compress the image.


This is like a bomb dropped into the online photo storage and sharing market. Photos are not like text, the space required to store them is huge, not to mention video storage. A picture a few megabytes is normal, sounds small, but if you have about 2,000 pictures it is very different. And when you have a few (tens) million users, this problem only gets worse. But Google with its enormous financial and technological potential seems to have solved this problem, and they can scale their cloud infrastructure terribly.


And soon after that, Google Photos became the preferred photo storage service. To me, Google Photos is the best photo sharing and backup application not only because of its unlimited ability to save photos, but also the photo-related features it can do: photo editing, automatic Apply algorithms to make photos more beautiful, stitch multiple photos continuously into one big photo, apply HDR self-apply, create video collage from many photos in 1 trip.


Then the function to automatically search for divine photos of Google Photos. Thanks to human resources with strong artificial intelligence capabilities, Google Photos has developed a search function according to the content in the photo, something that in 2015-2016-2017 still very few services can do. Then iCloud also does smart search function but so far not as powerful and complete as what Google Photos can do.

Thanks to Android, more and more users are using Google Photos. Google Photos comes pre-installed on nearly every Android phone with Google Play, and it also suggests turning on the default photo backup function. And so more and more people use Google Photos, the number of photos is skyrocketing.

As of November 2020, Google says 28 billion photos and videos are uploaded to Photos every week. A total of 4 trillion photos and videos have been uploaded to the service.



Why does Google Photos charge a fee?

David Lieb, product manager at Google Photos, explained on Twitter that their policy had to change from unlimited storage to billing, as the cost of maintaining this infrastructure is currently enormous. Certainly, even with a financially strong company like Google, with good storage optimization capabilities like Google, the money will be too big and they are forced to share that burden with users. Fortunately, any photos you have uploaded to Google Photos before June 2021 will not be charged to your Google account capacity, meaning that photos can still be located on Google Photos, you don't have to. must download to do.


Google has complete basis to make this charging decision. They have data on how users depend on Google Photos (the number of people using Google Photos, the number of photos each person uploads, time used, how to interact, how many important photos or not ... ) to assist in making this decision. There will certainly be people who are dissatisfied and drop out of Google Photos, but the data may show that that number of people is so small that it is not worth Google bothering with its new policy. Anyway, you will never satisfy everyone.


As for those who stay, those who are coming to spend money to buy Google One packages, Google must have enough data to know whether people have a great incentive to spend money or not. Usage behavior data can tell Google a lot about you, about how you use Google Photos.