Google’s Photo features are some of the most attractive aspects of Google+, including automatic backup, aut0-awesome effects, stories, sharing, etc. The Photos section of Google’s social network is extremely robust and offers one of the best solutions for cloud backup on Android. In an attempt to gain more users, however, it looks like Google might be planning on spinning off Photos into a standalone service separate from Google+.
The move would keep most, if not all, of Photos feature set, but it would allow the product to stand on its own similar to how Facebook manages Instagram. There would still be integration with Google+, but users would not be required to have a G+ account to take advantage of all of the features. Since Vic Gundotra left Google, there’s been a ton of speculation that G+ was on the chopping block, but it looks like Google really just wants to make the best parts of G+ available to all users, and use G+ as a platform for all of those services. Definitely a win for users, and it’ll likely bring more people into Google’s ecosystem.
Do you use Google’s Photo features on Google+? Are you happy or disappointed that the features might spin away from the social network?