Google has announced that they will start the process of shutting down Google+ Photos on August 1st. This is a rather swift move by Google which seems to keep older platforms lingering on for a while. However, the Google+ team says this move is meant to “ensure everyone has the best photos experience” that Google can deliver.
It won’t be a huge adjustment for most users—the new Google Photos already has all your stuff stored and organized.
The shutdown will happen in stages starting on August 1st. The Android app will be the first to go. You’ll have no choice but to update Google+ and download the new Photos app if you want to continue backing up and managing your content on Android. In the days and weeks following this, the web and iOS versions of Google+ Photos will stop working as well.
If you have yet to make the switch, we’d recommend doing so soon. Although the newer service comes with some caveats and suffers from a handful of embarrassing tagging issues, it’s still a much more refined, personal photo backup service that offers up a few notable features that most other services can’t provide. We went hands-on with the new service at Google I/O, showing off some of the application’s biggest and best feat.
So what are your views on this step taken by Google?