Did Google Just Kill Dropbox?

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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 Google photoslike 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?


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Doyle Lee Austin Davison Iv
Surf City Realty 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
28+ years serving Investors Banks Buyers-sellers

okay,,, I like dropbox, I love pinterest.... I have a google + and google photos but it sounds like i need to start using it... thank ya john

Jun 21, 2015 03:36 AM #24
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi John, thanks for telling us about Google Photos. I think it will be great for stuff you want to share but I would still be cautious with things I would not want the whole world to see. I use Dropbox as well but probably more sparingly than most. I'm always concerned about security and hackers. 

Jun 21, 2015 04:06 AM #25
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I like the automatic upload on Dropbox (just click the Dropbox app on the phone and the new photos automatically upload) - is that an option with Google Photos?

Jun 21, 2015 07:22 AM #26
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I will start using Google photos, as I use Google docs and love it.

Jun 21, 2015 11:52 AM #27
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land

John Thanks for the tip I think I will have to try this out. 

Jun 21, 2015 01:19 PM #28
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

John, thanks for the info about Google photos - I heard someone else talking about it and now guess it's a good time to check it out.

Jun 21, 2015 01:44 PM #29
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Thanks for all of the comments - I love google photos so far, frees up so much space on my phone, and creates some pretty great shots!


Kat Palmiotti I believe it does have an auto update feature.  My first time transferring photos took a couple days because there were so many, but "per photo" the transfer is pretty quick


Ron and Alexandra Seigel to each their own.  I don't mind google advertisements (I haven't noticed any ads at all in 'photos' and the ones in gmail I don't mind), and my albums/photos are mine unless I choose to share them.  Google has addressed the user agreement/terms of service, and it doesn't appear they aim to hijack photos.


Mike Cooper That's why I got the app - my phone was just about maxed out on storage.  I've got plenty of space now : )



Jun 21, 2015 03:13 PM #30
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

John Meussner we call Google 800 lb Gorilla for some reason!

And Google offers lot more for virtually nothing. Not only it's pictures, it's almost everything! 

Just under $2/month for 100GB of storage space! That can kill anything, let alone Dropbox.

Jun 21, 2015 03:26 PM #31
Jim Joeriman
Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty, Inc - Lacey Township, NJ
Helping Agents Reach New Heights

I ha e not tried it yet, but I will certainly look at it today.  I use Dropbox big time, but prefer google drive when there is collaboration.  I hate the "conflicted file" situation that occurs in Dropbox.

Jun 21, 2015 08:59 PM #32
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi John Meussner Never give Google much thought for photo storage since they changed their format. I do use Google Docs in a big way, in fact I write my blog posts there. Right now I use drop box almost every day since they started, I'll take a look, at Google Photos just maybe the quality they save the photos may deter me

Cheers, have a fun and successful week,

Oh Kathy Streib  got me interested to come over after reading her post  

PS Google Free Storage in limited to 15GB then you pay for additional storage.

Jun 22, 2015 12:48 AM #33
Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

Thanks for the heads up. This is another new program for me to learn about.

Jun 22, 2015 01:44 AM #34
Ernest Villafranca
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Oakland, CA
3923 Grand Ave. Oakland CA, 510-418-9443

Google Drive is better, but some people like Dropbox. I use Dropbox but I can see changing over to the G Drive as I go along.

Jun 22, 2015 01:46 AM #35
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Google has some great tools.  I do not use my drop box and will delete it.

Jun 22, 2015 03:28 AM #36
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

John Meussner ~ I don't use Dropbox that much, and I was just listening to Leo Laporte taking about Google photos and how cool it is... I need to check it out

Jun 22, 2015 05:12 AM #37
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Great information John.   My i-phone needs to be weeded out and is overloaded with so many pictures  I can't do my software update.    But I'd hate to loose all the dates the photos were taken, so, I'm going to wait.

Jun 22, 2015 06:09 AM #38
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC the photo quality could be an issue for some, but I use my iphone for everything, so the quality is fine.  That 15GB limit is only for higher quality resolution.


M.C. Dwyer I can't be 100% sure (may want to research more) but I believe google took my photos from my phone chronologically, so I still believe I have dates.



Jun 22, 2015 07:36 AM #39
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

interesting -- I have not used dropbox that often.  I will have to look into all of this further.

Jun 22, 2015 01:00 PM #40
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

John, Totally amazing how memory has become so cheap and easy.  What used to be standard size is now but a mere drop in the bucket.  Bill


Jun 24, 2015 05:19 AM #41
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi John Meussner ,  I have not tried Google photo yet.  I'll have to check it out.

Jun 24, 2015 12:33 PM #42
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

John Meussner 

Thanks for the info - have heard about it and done some reading, but not using it yet. I love Dropbox but don't use it generally for photos anyway. Guess I need to play a bit. I don't have all that many pics on my phone, and tend to weed them out as I go, or put them on my laptop


Jun 25, 2015 12:57 AM #43
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