Did Google Just Kill Dropbox?
Dropbox has been a pretty popular avenue for storage in recent history, but as with many other ventures, Google decided "hey, we can do that too!", and recently Google released Google Photos for public use.
Unlimited storage, organization, image recognition, and sharing - and like most things google, it's free for consumer use.
I started using google photos and instantly fell in love. Easily organized photo albums with shareable links makes it nearly as easy as photostream when it comes to sharing photos. And my favorite part of all? I have space on my phone again! Although the integration of 1500+ photos/videos (I should probably clean that up more often, huh?) from my phones memory into the google photos app took a few days (I can't figure out if the app has to be open and active, or just open in the background for the integration to take place....either way, it took a while).
Google drive for documents. Google photos for photos/video. Do I still need dropbox? For business, dropbox still has it's advantages, but google photos makes Dropboxes 'Carousel' app all but useless. Why would I want a few GB of storage for free when I can have unlimited?
Another great feature is the "assistant" in google photos - your assistant will automatically apply cool filters and features to photos and offer them back to you. It will also stitch similar photos together into a panorama shot that you may not have considered taking - I have fallen in love with this feature, as it's provided me with some really great panorama shots, when it's a feature I generally don't use much myself when shooting.
Are there downsides?
Sure. For professional photographers and those shooting super high res photos, the 'high quality' free option for google photos will reduce the quality of a picture, but for most people shooting from camera phones, the quality of photos is just fine.
The organization of photos also leaves something to be desired - files are stored chronologically in thumbnail view, which is annoying, if like me, you upload 1500+ photos at a time. I'm hoping as google photos progresses, there will be better navigation/organization that develops.
Have you tried google photos? What do you think? Are dropboxes days as a leading storage system for consumers limited?