Google shares timetable for old Google+ Photos shutdown

Google I/O back in May marked the beginning of a new era for image management on Android devices, as Google launched the new Google Photos (above). While many users quickly transitioned to the new service (and corresponding app), Google kept the lights on over at the old Google+ version of Photos … at least for the time being. About a month ago we started picking up signs that the beginning of the end was here, with the latest update to the Google+ Photos app warning us that it would soon stop working – but stopping short of offering a hard-out date. Today Google explains just how and when the old Google+ Photos is drawing to a close, and it all starts happening next month.

The first casualty is – no surprise – the Android version of the app. Just as we were warned, Google’s about to shut it down, and things will stop working beginning August 1. While the Android release will be the first to go, it’s not alone, and Google intends to follow up that app’s shuttering by closing the door on the iOS and web versions of Google+ Photos, as well. There’s no explicit timetable for those two, but they’ll follow the Android retirement, presumably in early August, as well.

While this means that users should probably upgrade to the new Photos sooner or later, Google wants to make it clear that just because the apps and web service are dying, your pics aren’t going anywhere: even if you don’t move to the new Photos app, you can still access your pics online or export them all for storage elsewhere.

Source: Google
Via: Android Central

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