Amazon has released a significant update to the Amazon Photos app that will tempt some Google Photos users to switch.
Currently available only for iOS users, the new app represents a “comprehensive redesign”, as revealed in a recent Amazon Photos Blog post. The new app includes more personalized content and automatically-curated slideshows reminiscent of Google Photos. It also makes it easier to find content, allowing the user to quickly filter results by categories such as people, places and dates.
Also new is an updated home screen designed to put your entire gallery “within thumb’s reach.” Search filters are now presented conveniently at the bottom of the screen, making it much easier to find the content you’re looking for.
I’m sure some users will take a while to get used to the changes, which are quite significant, but overall I find the whole experience much improved.
Powerful search and automatically surfacing memorable moments are two of the most important features of Google’s rival Google Photos service, and now that Google has stopped offering lifetime free storage, it’s the perfect time for Amazon Photos to swoop in with a credible alternative.
While not free, Amazon Prime customers currently get unlimited storage for photos bundled with their subscription, allowing them to fill Amazon Photos with as many images as they like at no extra cost. If Amazon can offer an experience comparable to Google Photos, there’s a good chance many will be tempted to switch over to Amazon Photos instead.
Sadly, Android users won’t be getting this update until 2022, but the new features are already available to all via the Web.
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Unlimited image storage for absolutely nothing: Google’s photo backup deal was quite the steal. It’s little wonder that the promise of limitless free capacity quickly caught the attention of serial snappers. Provided you were happy to accept a cap on quality – which, at 16MP, was hardly extreme – the search giant would safely stash copies of all your precious snaps online.
Alas, all good things must come to an end – including generous complimentary cloud storage allowances. Unless you’re the proud owner of a Pixel handset, unlimited space for ‘high quality’ images will end on 1 June 2021. Any ‘high quality’ shots uploaded to Google Photos after that date will count towards your free 15GB account limit.
Already uploaded your entire library? Don’t panic: any snaps backed up before 1 June 2021 will not count towards the total. But you’ll still face a problem if you’re close to the limit. Hit 15GB with future uploads of any quality and you’ll have to make a choice: create space by deleting superfluous shots or pay to upgrade your account capacity
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