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Google is no longer just a place you go to find jeans, porn, the best route to your favourite wax museum or the world’s best Korean short rib recipes. We know this already, because Google is teaming with Levis to make the first-ever smart jeans, using conductive thread that essentially turns ordinary pants into a platform for apps. It is also developing an app that will tell you the caloric intake of your food by simply taking a photograph, and there’s also the announcement of new technology that would be implanted in your fingers so you can manipulate screens with the flick of a wrist.

And while it’s busy developing the next wave of technologies to improve our lives (and garner even more data about us), Google has released Google Photos. No, it’s not quite Instagram or Vine or Giphy. It’s all of those things, really, and a lot more.

Here’s what it is:

It’s storage

You take a lot of photos, right? If you have a kid, there are probably hundreds of tiny little squares in your camera roll of various stages of blinking that you cannot part with. The same applies if you have a dog, eat food, go out with your friends, garden, drive a nice car or are alive. We’re constantly creating memories, and then it happens: insufficient storage. Well, Google Photos has unlimited storage, as long as your pics are 16 megapixels or less, and your videos are 1080 HD or less. So, that accounts for most hobbyists. If you’re packing seriously large photos or videos, you can opt for Google Drive storage, which charges a monthly fee ($1.99 for 100 GB, $9.99 for 1 TB)  if you’ve gone over 15 GB.

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It will find everything you fear you’ve lost

Thanks to facial recognition software, we’re kind of out of luck if we ever commit a crime. But Google Photos uses this technology in a way that benefits the user, though, and that’s for search. If you want a photo where you looked cute wearing a cardigan, you can search for that and get all the photos of people wearing cardigans that you’ve stored. Did your kid Berkeley do something cute seven years ago? You can still find it by searching Berkeley.

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It makes GIFs

Learning the skill of GIF-making is fairly practical these days, but it can be quite time-consuming to do. Google Photos makes ’em for you. You just need to upload five or more photos in a sequence and… poof!

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It turns your memories into movies … with a score!

So, Google Photos will take similarly themed images and videos, paste them together in a thoughtful manner, and then apply a catchy bit of music to the media.

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It makes your photos better

You can edit in Google Photos. Yeah, you can do this in other apps, but those other apps don’t do it all.

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It creates interactive timelines

So, this would be like watching slides from someone’s vacation, except convenient.


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It makes perfect panoramas

Shooting a good panoramic shot is so annoying. If you don’t have steady hands, forget about it. Google Photos will stitch photos together, to avoid any panorama fails.

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And there you have it, everyone. Another thing from Google that’s pretty amazing and will probably somehow track your movements, ensuring that your privacy is a thing of the past. And just think of how pretty all of your photos will be!