Google Puts Google+ Photos On Death Watch As Social Network Flails
While it's unlikely Google would ever state this publicly, the shuttering of Google+ Photos is partially an admission that its social network isn't on the level of Facebook, or even close. Had Google+ taken off the way the company hoped it would, the standalone Google Photos service probably would have never existed. But it does, and having two photo services is redundant.
Android users will be the first to see Google+ Photos shut down starting August 1. Not long after, Google+ Photos on the web and iOS will disappear as well. However, you won't lose the photos you've already uploaded to Google+ Photos, nor do you have to worry about downloading them and re-uploading to Google Photos.
Users seem to be taking the news in stride, though the one complaint that's echoed in multiple comments to Google's post is that they'll miss the superior photo editor in Google+ Photos.
"I must say, the photo editor feature in the new Google Photos is sad compared to the Google+ Photos editability," Daniel Troconis commented. "I already use Google Photos but when I want to edit a photo then Google+ Photos is the best and more complete."
There are also some features in Google+ Photos that don't yet exist in Google Photos, such as the ability to fling pictures to Chromecast. On the flip side, unlimited photo storage is awesome, and now that Google only has one photo service to focus on, we're optimistic that it's only a matter of time before some of the Google+ Photo features are ported over.