Google+ Photos Is Shutting Down On August 1st

TechCrunch

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This one might be a bit confusing due to product naming weirdness, but here we go:

Google+ Photos, the photo sharing solution built into Google’s social network Google+, is shutting down.

However: Google Photos (note the lack of +) — as in the excellent, unlimited free photo host that Google launched back in May — will live on.

The shutdown of Google+ Photos will start on August 1st. According to Google, the Android version will go first; shortly thereafter, the web and iOS versions will go dark.

Google is offering a tool that’ll transition Google+ Photos users over to Google Photos; you can find it on your Google+ account photos page. Even if you miss the deadline, Google says your photos will still be available by way of Google Takeout.

So why kill off Google+ Photos? For most, the existence of the standalone Google Photos makes Google

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